Apparently his teammates felt the same way, as he was elected by them to carry the flag.
And outside of the pool someone who has overcome so much internally and externally and shared that with everyone.” Prior to the competition’s start, multiple news outlets ran editorials demanding Phelps give up his honor to the runner-up, Ibtihaj Muhammad, an African American Muslim woman famous for wearing her hijab during her fencing matches, Muhammad has also been outspoken against Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump.
Kamau Bell, in op-ed for CNN addressed to Phelps, argued Muhammad, as a Muslim, would be a better choice than Phelps, a “tall, successful, rich white guy.
Is it the country of which Trump speaks, one terrified of a veil on a woman’s head?
Or is it the land where any child believes they can be something big regardless of race, class or religion?” Didn’t we already cover that with back-to-back elections for Barack Hussein Obama?