Rabat - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other Muslim leaders are demanding that GOP frontrunner Donald Trump apologize for his claim that Islam hates the West.
Rabat – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other Muslim leaders are demanding that GOP frontrunner Donald Trump apologize for his claim that Islam hates the West.
“I think Islam hates us,” Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in an interview that aired late Wednesday, March 9.
“We have to get to the bottom of it,” Trump said. “There is an unbelievable hatred of us — anybody.”
American Muslim leaders blame Trump’s Islamophobic rhetoric, and that of other Republican officials, in part for the recent spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide.
In a press release, Nihad Awad, CAIR’s National Executive Director, said “Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric does not reflect leadership, but instead reflects a bigoted mindset that only serves to divide our nation and the world.
“He should apologize to the Muslims serving in our nation’s armed forces, to the Muslim doctors who provide health care to millions of Americans, to the Muslim law enforcement officers who keep communities safe, to the Muslim women targeted by hate because of their attire, and to the Muslim students who face bullying because of their faith,” Awad said.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, works to promote a greater understanding of Islam in the US.
Edited by Kelsey Fish