Trump Trolls Redirect Bombing Suspect’s Restaurant Site

The website for First American Fried Chicken is now a redirect

Photo Illustration: Diana Quach
Sep 19, 2016 at 4:09 PM ET

Just hours after the man suspected of a pair of bombings in New York and New Jersey was captured, someone bought the domain name to his family’s restaurant — and made it redirect to Donald Trump’s campaign website.

Ahmad Khan Rahami’s father runs First American Fried Chicken, a fast-food joint in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and reportedly once employed Ahmad and his other brothers. Since Rahami’s name came out Monday morning, the restaurant has been hit with scores of hate-filled reviews on its Google and Yelp pages. Before this weekend’s bombing, First American Fried Chicken had three Yelp reviews; as of this writing, it has 89.

There is no evidence that Rahami’s family knew of the attack or in any way aided Ahmad’s alleged crimes.

The redirect to Trump’s website is the latest troll from Donald Trump supporters who have taken to their candidate’s anti-Islamic message. Trump made waves late last year when he suggested banning all Muslims from entering the United States, in the aftermath of the shooting in San Bernardino, California. Since Saturday’s attack, Trump has again used the incident to promote his anti-immigrant platform.