“Sometimes God just sends you the material.” — Mo Amer
How stand-up comedian Mo Amer initially described his encounter with Eric Trump to his Facebook friends last Wednesday. Amer found himself sitting next to President-elect Donald J. Trump’s son, Eric Trump, on a flight last week from New York City to Scotland, where Amer was heading to kick off a stand-up tour of the U.K.
Amer regularly opens for Dave Chappelle in North America when he’s not headlining himself. Born in Kuwait and raised in Houston, Amer bills himself as “the only Arab-American refugee comic.” And as a Muslim, Amer used his opportunity sitting next to a Trump to ask him plenty of questions about how a future Trump administration might impact him and all of us.
He told BuzzFeed: “When I sat down I said: ‘How you doing?’ Trump says: ‘I’m doing good.’ And I said: ‘You have no idea how fantastic this is for me right now. My name is Mohammed. Salams. I’m a standup comedian. This is fantastic for me.’”
Amer told Trump that he wasn’t about to comply with any Muslim registry, if Trump planned on carrying through with that idea. To which the younger Trump allegedly told Amer: “Ah, come on, man. You can’t believe everything you read. Do you really think we’re gonna do that?”