Chicago actor portrays Donald Trumps fake Muslim daughter

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Ayesha Trump stars in a mockumentary of her "father" which will be available online March 1.

The actor calling herself “Ayesha Trump” pursed her lips and squinted her eyes as she prepared to talk to the assembled media on Wacker Drive—her “father’s” namesake tower serving as the backdrop.

“I am Donald Trump’s illegitimate Muslim daughter and I’m here to tell you my story,” she told reporters on a recent afternoon as the mercury dipped below freezing. “It’s time people know the truth.”

Of course, "Ayesha Trump, the illegitimate daughter," is as fictional as they come. But the intent behind the creation of Ayesha Trump's character comes with real ambition.

The team at Beela Productions, along with L.A.-based Charger Entertainment, said they created a mockumentary starring “Ayesha Trump” as a response to the “political theater” Trump creates every time he announces his controversial policy plans targeting American Muslims. The short film, titled “The Muslim Trump,” is scheduled to release on AyeshaTrump.com on Tuesday in time for the Illinois primary on March 15. Filmmakers say they hope the film will get audiences to question Donald Trump as a leader of this country and stand up against his rhetoric of hate.

Housed in the West Loop, Beela Productions is a young performance arts company that primarily features female artists. It produced “Ayesha Trump” after the Republican presidential candidate this past December called for a ban on Muslims entering America.

Nabeela Rasheed, the project’s executive producer, said none of the popular GOP contenders, such as Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio, or even her favored candidate, Democrat Hillary Clinton, took a strong enough stance against Trump.

“Muslims are one group that are actually being subjected to hate speech and it seems to just be OK by everybody,” said Rasheed, 48, who is Muslim and a West Loop resident. “Even the Democrats are playing it too safe because of elections.”

Rasheed, along with fellow Muslim writer and actress Fawzia Mirza, who plays Ayesha Trump, decided they would spearhead a project that relied on the power of satire.

And they picked the right place, given Chicago’s rich history of political satire in the performing arts, according to the Chicago History Museum’s chief historian and political satire expert, Russell Lewis.

“[Ayesha Trump] reminds me of Pulitzer Prize winner Mike Royko’s popular character 'Slats Grobnik,' who would sit in a Polish bar and do political commentary,” Lewis said. “It’s the right time and place for something like Ayesha Trump.”

The filmmakers hope people, even Trump supporters, laugh and think.

“More than just performance, this is also a movement against Trump the bully,” said Mirza, who also lives in the West Loop. “As Ayesha would say, it’s a movement like that relieving, liberating bowel movement. The kind that makes you happy.”

This isn't the first mockumentary about Donald Trump. Earlier this month, a mock online documentary was released starring a furiously wigged Johnny Depp.

"Funny or Die Presents Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie" was released on the Funny or Die site.

The 50-minute film takes its name from Trump's 1987 best-selling advice book and pretends to be a TV special that Trump petulantly tossed away when it got pre-empted by a football game.

The film, grainy and faded, portrays Trump as a megalomaniac and a buffoon. It was written by Joe Randazzo, a former editor of The Onion, while Jeremy Konner, a creator of the television series "Drunk History," directed the spoof.

Calls to Donald Trump's campaign about "Ayesha Trump" have not been returned. 

Details of the film's release and Ayesha Trump can be found at ayeshatrump.com.

Contributing: Associated Press

Maham Khan is a RedEye special contributor.

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