In an effort to smear President Trump for skipping the White House hosted Ramadan dinner, Washington Post writer Amy B. Wang published an article titled “Trump just ended a long tradition of celebrating Ramadan at the White House.”
The column, completely devoid of fact, was trying to prove that Trump is an islamophobic d-bag (if you read between the lines).
Wang’s whole foundation for her article, however, is fake news.
Her proof was the time in 1805 when a diplomatic envoy from the Bey of Tunis, Sidi Soliman Melli Melli, visited Washington during Ramadan.
Thomas Jefferson never hosted a dinner celebrating Ramadan, though. Here is what really went down:
Jefferson invited the envoy to the White House for dinner at 3:30 PM—the time most Washingtonians had dinner in those days. But after he sent the invitation he was told that Melli Melli could not partake of a meal until after sunset because of Ramadan. Thomas Jefferson was faced with two choices: cancel the dinner entirely or simply have the meal later in the evening at a time when his guest could attend. As a good host and a decent person, Jefferson chose the latter.
In fact, all Jefferson did was change the time of his meal. He had no intention of honoring Islam. Jefferson simply was not honoring the religion of “the Musselmen”—as he termed Muslims at the time—when he changed the time of the meal. Also, there is no evidence that Jefferson asked Melli Melli what sort of food a “Musselman” would eat, so no special food was prepared to suit a Muslim’s religious needs. Jefferson neither inquired about religious accommodations nor was any made. All he did was move the time of the meal as a courtesy.
Further, Jefferson sent no letters containing proclamations about the meal being an Iftar dinner nor mentioning Islam, he never mentioned such honors in his private papers, and there is no record that he spoke to anyone about his intentions to honor the Muslim practice of an Iftar dinner.
Further more, this alleged ‘long tradition’ Wang claims occurs doesn’t actually happen.
Only 3 presidents have ever actually hosted an Iftar dinner.
Guess which ones they were?
Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and of course Barack Obama.
So this ‘long tradition’ of Iftar dinners is complete bullsh*t.
Three out of 45 presidents… can’t exactly make that a ‘tradition’, Wang.
Go sell crazy somewhere else.