Like most comedians, Mo Amer has included jokes about Donald Trump in his act for months.
The Muslim American stand-up comedian, whose family fled Kuwait during the Gulf War, has built a career in comedy by offering his unique comic perspective on the American experience.
</div></div></div><p>During his recent global <a href="http://www.moamer.com/shows/" target="_blank">comedy tour</a>, Amer has referred to Donald Trump as "the world's most successful publicity stunt" and has even expressed a desire to catch a little bit of that fame and notoriety for himself. </p><p>"I just wanted a little bit of the juice!" Amer explains over Skype. </p><p>In a surprising turn of events, Amer got a lot more than that — a whole gallon of it.</p><h2>While boarding a plane to Scotland, Amer was seated next to none other than Eric Trump, The Donald's second son. </h2><p>"Sometimes God just sends you the material," Mohammed wrote in a Facebook post that has since gone viral. </p><div><div data-card="facebook" data-reactroot=""><div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157625634430478" data-width="552"><blockquote cite="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157625634430478&set=a.139819990477.230935.670075477&type=3" class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><p>Hey guys heading to Scotland to start the U.K. Tour and I am "randomly" chosen to sit next to non other than Eric Trump....</p>Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/people/Mohammed-Amer/670075477">Mohammed Amer</a> on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157625634430478&set=a.139819990477.230935.670075477&type=3">Wednesday, November 30, 2016</a></blockquote></div></div></div><h2>What could've been several hours of awkward silence turned into a relatively honest and open conversation, Amer says. And the conversation began with a hot-button issue too. </h2><p>At the very least, Amer explained, he felt a responsibility as a comedian and as an Arab American Muslim to talk to Trump. "I just took a moment and sat down and introduced myself," Amer says. </p><p>The first thing they discussed was Donald Trump's infamous "Muslim registry" program, which would require Muslim Americans to register in a database. Not only is the plan openly racist, but it's uncomfortably reminiscent of Nazi-era <a href="https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005681" target="_blank">registration programs</a> imposed on Jewish people during WWII.</p><div><div class="push-wrapper--mobile" data-card="image" data-reactroot=""><img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTUyNzA4NS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwOTA3NDc5NX0.y39qx1aur0of_sJBCU6SemUmV3Pg6aLOPglE2e2kn9Y/img.jpg?width=980" id="1a6c1" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="55606346238dc6584f367d9a80f7d37a" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image"><div class="image-caption"><p>Donald Trump with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who said Trump's administration is <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-immigration-idUSKBN13B05C?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social">working on a Muslim registry</a>. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images.</p></div></div></div><p>"That registry thing? We're not doing that s**t," Amer says he told Eric Trump, bluntly. Trump had a laugh and, according to Amer, responded, "Don't believe everything you read."</p><p>While President-elect Donald Trump has never exactly used the words "Muslim registry," he <a href="http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2015/nov/24/donald-trumps-comments-database-american-muslims/" target="_blank"><em>has</em> said</a> that he would <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/11/20/donald-trump-says-hed-absolutely-require-muslims-to-register/" target="_blank">absolutely require Muslims to register</a> and that, "There should be a lot of systems. Beyond databases. I mean, we should have a lot of systems." </p><p>To be clear, however, the calls for a Muslim registry <em>have</em> been publicly supported by a key member of the <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-immigration-idUSKBN13B05C?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social" target="_blank">Trump transition team</a> as well as a Trump surrogate who, on live TV, cited <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/18/us/politics/japanese-internment-muslim-registry.html" target="_blank">Japanese internment camps as precedent</a> for the program.</p><p>All in all, it's not an invalid concern for Muslim Americans like Amer to have about what their lives might look like under a Trump administration.</p><h2>Amer says he and Trump discovered they had more in common than they thought.</h2><p>Trump was en route to his <a href="http://www.turnberry.co.uk/" target="_blank">golf course</a> in Scotland. "I used to love golf," Amer explains. "I was massively addicted at one point." </p><p>They also talked comedy. "He talked about stand-up; he loves stand-up," Amer says. "He found out I was touring with Chappelle and he was mentioning some of the Chappelle sketches that he liked."</p><div><div class="push-wrapper--mobile" data-card="image" data-reactroot=""><img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTUyNzA4Ni9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNjg1NjczMX0.7QQ0MVhAPHQildO_K-5ZGUByPq4Fa-I6K_Gv84i2LiY/img.jpg?width=980" id="f74bc" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e67d6866618e9696daf12d0d6b9ffe0a" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image"><div class="image-caption"><p>Mo Amer (right) with comedian Dave Chappelle (center.) Photo courtesy of Mo Amer.</p></div></div></div><p>Overall, Amer says, it was a comfortable experience. "He slept comfortably the whole time," says Amer. "We only talked for like 30-40 minutes before the plane took off."</p><h2>Amer walked away from the experience with a new appreciation for the value of a good conversation. </h2><p>"I think people are undervaluing how important the interaction is," Amer says, explaining that because the conversation was focused on things they have in common, it never got tense.</p><p>While Eric Trump and Mohammed Amer no doubt have different views and vastly different life experiences, for a half-hour, they were able to honestly connect and develop tentatively mutual respect for one another.</p><p>"Having a really good conversation with someone you potentially have fear for… It’s really really important," Amer says. "Sometimes it helps a lot. Take opportunities to be thoughtful."</p>
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