Senator Obama’s campaign is apologizing after campaign volunteers reportedly kept two Muslim women from appearing behind the senator at a Detroit rally on Monday because they were wearing headscarves.
One witness, Ali Koussan, told the Politico that one volunteer cited “the political climate,” “what’s going on in the world,” and “what’s going on with Muslim Americans” before stating that it wouldn’t be helpful for one of the hijab-wearing women to appear in television pictures with Mr. Obama.
“I was like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me? Are you serious?” Mr. Koussan said.
“This is of course not the policy of the campaign. It is offensive and counter to Obama’s commitment to bring Americans together and simply not the kind of campaign we run,” a spokesman for the campaign, William Burton, told the political news outlet. “We sincerely apologize for the behavior of these volunteers.”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations called on Mr. Obama to invite the two women who were snubbed to appear with him at a future event. (MORE)