CAIR-Florida Condemns GOP Candidate’s Letter Calling for Rep. Ilhan Omar to Be Hanged

(TAMPA, FL, 12/4/19) -- The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida) today condemned GOP Candidate George Buck’s statements on a fundraising letter suggesting that U. S. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and others be executed by hanging.

Multiple local and national media outlets reported that candidate George Buck called for a U.S. Congresswoman to be hanged:

  1. “We should hang” Ilhan Omar, Florida congressional candidate writes in fundraising letter | Tampa Bay Times
    https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2019/12/03/we-should-hang-ilhan-omar-florida-congressional-candidate-writes-in-fundraising-letter/
  2. A Republican Florida congressional candidate implied in a fundraising email that Ilhan Omar should be hanged
    https://www.businessinsider.com/gop-congressional-candidate-george-buck-ilhan-omar-should-be-hanged-2019-12
  3. GOP candidate George Buck called for Ilhan Omar to be hanged: report | NY Post https://nypost.com/2019/12/04/gop-candidate-george-buck-called-for-ilhan-omar-to-be-hanged-report/
  4. We should hang’ Ilhan Omar, GOP House candidate says while seeking donations https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/12/04/we-should-hang-ilhan-omar-gop-house-candidate-says-while-seeking-donations/

CAIR-Florida’s Chief Executive Director Hassan Shibly said in a statement:

“Encouraging acts of deadly violence targeting elected officials is a very serious matter that should not be tolerated, especially when they are coming from anybody aspiring to hold public office. George Buck’s vicious statements are dangerous and incite the same groups that have committed such acts in the past. 

“His un-American statements are part of deeply troubling rhetoric in the public discourse nationwide coming from elected officials and political candidates spreading hate, islamophobia, racism and, in this case, calls for violent action that clearly endangers innocent lives. 

“We are calling for a swift public condemnation from Republican Party state and national officials and for George Buck’s public apology.”

CAIR-Florida's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR-Florida es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, proteger las libertades civiles, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Florida Communications Director, Wilfredo A. Ruiz, 954.272.0490, Ext. 130, wruiz@cair.com


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