(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/9/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to apologize for appearing smiling in a photo with notorious Dutch Islamophobe Geert Wilders. CAIR is also asking Graham to repudiate the anti-Muslim policies and statements that politician has made.
On Saturday, Wilders posted a photo on Twitter of himself and a smiling Senator Graham with the caption, “Great to meet the US Senator @LindseyGrahamSC in #Cernobbio, #Italy at @Ambrosetti_Forum 2019!” The post was deleted soon after first appearing.
SEE: Dutch-Far-Right Leader Geert Wilders Tweets, then Deletes Photo with Senator Lindsey Graham
In the past, Wilders has stated "I hate Islam," called the Quran a "fascist book" that should be banned and compared it to Adolf Hitler’s autobiography, “Mein Kampf”, referred to the Prophet Mohammed as "the devil," and proposed putting a tax on Islamic head scarves (hijab) worn by Muslim women. In 2016, he was found guilty of inciting discrimination against the Netherlands’ Moroccan population.
“The vile anti-Muslim bigotry spewed by Mr. Wilders stands at odds with the values of religious freedom and pluralism that Senator Graham took an oath to defend,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “Senator Graham must immediately apologize for appearing in this photo and issue a strong repudiation of the vile, Islamophobic views endorsed by Mr. Wilders. American Muslims in South Carolina and across the country will be watching.”
WATCH: CAIR Rep Questions U.S. Congressmen Hosting Dutch Islamophobe Geert Wilders
CAIR previously called for Republican leaders to repudiate Representative Steve King (R-IA) for tweeting in support of Wilders.
SEE: CAIR Calls on GOP to Repudiate Iowa Rep. Steve King’s ‘Racist’ Tweet
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, 202-774-0770, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org