Mohammed Amer is a stand-up comic best known for his use of religious material in his routine. Amer is Muslim, and has no problem using his upbringing to make people laugh. So it may seem appropriate that he was sat next to Eric Trump on a recent flight from New York to Glasgow, Scotland.
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Amer had not planned on sitting next to Trump. He hadn’t planned on flying first class, but was bumped up at the last minute. His first reaction to his new seating assignment? “Thank you, God.”
Amer explained the irony to the Huffington Post. Amer saw this as a genuine opportunity to get new material for his routine. “You don’t even know how fantastic this is for me,” He told Trump. “I’m a Muslim named Mohammed who happens to be a stand-up comedian, and I’m sitting next to you. Its perfect.”
Yet the conversation didn’t begin with typical stand-up banter. Amer cut straight to an interrogation of the elder Trump’s proposed policies on immigration. “Yo,” Amer said, “I’m not doing that shit. I’m not going to get an ID, a Muslim ID, and all this crap. I’m not doing that. F*ck that.”
Amer expected his confrontational rhetoric to get a response from Trump, but not like this. “He goes, ‘Come on, man you really think we’re going to do that? We’re not doing that.’ That’s what he said. ‘We’re not doing that.’”
The two men talked about a range of topics, and the conversation–after the confrontational beginning, ended up being just that–a conversation.
“I just know we had a good, decent conversation, and I think that proves that we can talk to each other, and I think that’s what’s most important.”
“We need to [be able to] talk about these things intelligently and work through the problems and find the solutions.”
The solutions he’s alluding to are, of course, complicated. And Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric, however harsh, is part of what got him elected. So what happens now if Eric Trump is right, and talk of the Muslim registry was just pandering bluster?
Here’s a conversation Amer had with CNN after the flight: