March 29, 2023

Footage was just released of a deeply uncomfortable Oval Office encounter between Trump and genocide survivor

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A clip of Donald Trump is once again going viral and as usual it’s for the worst possible reasons. On Wednesday the president met with Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad in the Oval Office.

Murad poured her heart out to Trump, explaining the plight of her people in Iraq, the Yazidi. She explained how they have been murdered en masse by ISIS and how she personally lost six brothers and her mother. As she spoke Trump periodically glanced at her and then off into space, clearly bored by her heartbreaking story.

Murad explained how 3,000 Yazidi women and children are still in captivity despite the fact that the Trump administration says ISIS has been completely destroyed.

“My people cannot go back. We are not a million people, we are only half-million people. And after 2014, about 95,000 Yazidi, they immigrate to Germany through a very dangerous way. Not because we want to be refugees, but we cannot find a safe place to live,” said Murad.

Trump looked completely unfazed. He appeared far more interested in getting back to his television to watch Fox News than actually listening and trying to do something for the plight of the Yazidi.

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“All this happened to me. They killed my mom, my six brothers,” Murad went on, trying her best to get Trump to engage with the problem.

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“Where are they now?” Trump callously asked, revealing that he hadn’t heard a word she said.

“They killed them. They are in the mass graves in Sinjar. And I’m still fighting just to live in safety. Please do something. And it’s not about one family,” Murad said. Trump responded that he knows the area “very well” which one would have to be a fool to believe given the fact that he can’t even be bothered to read his presidential briefings.

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The uncomfortable encounter ended with Trump halfheartedly promising to “look into it very strongly” and pivoting to ask her about her Nobel Prize, even though Murad was clearly more interested in discussing the Yazidi. The entire interaction was deeply shameful and difficult to watch for anyone with even an ounce of empathy.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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