"Shameless, if not bizarrely against the spirit of Ramadan."
That was American Islamic Forum for Democracy president M. Zuhdi Jasser's reaction Tuesday to plans by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to hold a protest outside the White House Wednesday, as President Trump hosts an official iftar inside.
Last year CAIR expressed dismay when the president, in a break with the custom of his predecessors over the past two decades, did not hold a Ramadan fast-breaking iftar meal at the White House.
This year Trump is hosting one, and CAIR is joining allies in holding a "counter" event at nearby Lafayette Square.
Organizers said on a Facebook page advertising the event that Trump was trying to "make nice" by hosting an iftar after having "attacked" Muslims as a candidate and as president.