Donald Trump's executive order to ban US entry to citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations continues to create controversy across the country and the world, among people of all political leanings. One of the conservatives who is making her voice heard is NBC News correspondent Jenna Bush Hager, the younger daughter of former President George W. Bush.
Hager chose to address the ban indirectly, by posting a tweet quoting a speech made by her father six days after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. On that day, in the face of overwhelming Islamophobic sentiment from many Americans, Bush made spoke from the mosque in Washington D.C.'s Islamic Centre, after removing his shoes in a show of respect.
The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That's not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don't represent peace. They represent evil and war.
When we think of Islam we think of a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. Billions of people find comfort and solace and peace. And that's made brothers and sisters out of every race -- out of every race.
America counts millions of Muslims amongst our citizens, and Muslims make an incredibly valuable contribution to our country. Muslims are doctors, lawyers, law professors, members of the military, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, moms and dads. And they need to be treated with respect. In our anger and emotion, our fellow Americans must treat each other with respect.
Women who cover their heads in this country must feel comfortable going outside their homes. Moms who wear cover must be not intimidated in America. That's not the America I know. That's not the America I value.
I've been told that some fear to leave; some don't want to go shopping for their families; some don't want to go about their ordinary daily routines because, by wearing cover, they're afraid they'll be intimidated. That should not and that will not stand in America.
Those who feel like they can intimidate our fellow citizens to take out their anger don't represent the best of America, they represent the worst of humankind, and they should be ashamed of that kind of behavior.
Many on Twitter expressed support for Hager's tweet.
Others were more critical. Hager responded by explaining why she chose to share the text.
President Bush himself has declined to officially comment on Trump's actions.