NEW YORK — A Brooklyn College professor's tweet during Sunday's presidential debate has gone viral.
As of early Monday afternoon, Moustafa Bayoumi received 81,356 retweets, 149,983 likes and the numbers are still climbing. It’s being called one the most retweeted tweet of the presidential debate.
"I kind of think humor is the best way to attack the tragedy of this election," said Bayoumi.
The comment made #MuslimsReportStuff trend on Twitter.
Moustafa Bayoumi, a Muslim American writer and professor at Brooklyn College, tweeted "I am a Muslim, and I would like to report a crazy man threatening a woman on a stage in Missouri."
Bayoumi said it was a response to Trump’s statements during Sunday night’s presidential debate against Hillary Clinton about Muslims seeing something and saying something.
"We are all equal citizens in this country and it somehow suggests that Muslim Americans have some special access to nefarious activity when frankly it’s not true," said Bayoumi. "If anything is true we are surviving under a regime of sort of supreme law enforcement and surveillance that’s undergoing its tentacles into our community. I think it’s an unfair burden placed on the Muslim community."
Bayoumi said he’s been an occasional tweeter and live tweeting debates was something he started doing more often. He says his tweets have never gone viral the way this one has.
He suspects quick the retweet from TV producer Shonda Rhimes is what launched his 15 minutes of fame and brought him thousands of new followers.
While he’s enjoying this moment and the non-stop retweets from celebrities, he is yet to hear from Donald Trump.