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ACTION ALERT: CAIR Calls on Democratic Debate Moderators to Ask About Muslim Ban, Rise in White Supremacy and Hate Crimes Targeting Muslim, Other Minority Communities

Muslim civil rights group is also urging all Americans to tweet debate moderators to urge they address these vital issues

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/27/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, today called on NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo moderators of tonight’s 2020 Democratic primary debate to question the 10 presidential candidates about their plans to address President Trump’s Muslim Ban and the continued rise in white supremacy, and about hate crimes targeting Muslim and other minority communities in the U.S.

CAIR is calling on all Americans who want to hear presidential hopefuls address those pressing issues to tweet before tonight’s debate:

#DemDebate Moderators: Ask About #MuslimBan, Rise in White Supremacy, and Hate Crimes Targeting Muslim, Jewish, Black, Latino, Immigrant Communities @DNC @MSNBC @NBCUTelemundo @Telemundo @NBCNews @TomPerez #DemDebate @LesterHoltNBC @SavannahGuthrie @chucktodd @maddow @jdbalart

“Moderators from last night’s debate did not ask how presidential hopefuls plan to address the rise in white supremacist hate groups and corresponding increase in hate crimes targeting all religious and minority communities,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Robert McCaw. “White supremacist violence is an issue that threatens the very fabric of our nation and must be addressed in tonight’s debate.

He added that while one candidate during last night’s debate addressed the Muslim Ban, all candidates should be directly asked how they would address President Trump’s ban and the historic cap on refugees being admitted into the united states.

McCaw also noted that as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, CAIR does not endorse any particular candidate or political party for any office.

Last week, CAIR similarly called on debate moderators to address the Muslim Ban and cap on refugees.

SEE: CAIR Calls on First Democratic Debate Moderators to Ask About Muslim Ban, Accepting Refugees

In April, CAIR joined a coalition of 127 other national and state African, Arab, Iranian, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian American communities; interfaith partners; and civil, education, human and immigrant rights allies, in a joint letter to all national political parties requesting that they include repealing the Muslim Ban and reversing the all-time-low cap on the annual number of refugees admitted into the United States as signature issues in their 2020 party platforms.

READ: Open Letter Calling on all U.S. Political Parties to Adopt Platforms that Repeal the Muslim Travel Ban, Reverse Historic-Low Cap on Refugees   

About the First 2020 Democratic Primary Debate

The debate is being hosted by NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo, and will air live across all three networks and their online platforms starting at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time on June 26 and 27.

It is being moderated in Miami both nights by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, Today co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd, MSNBC prime-time host Rachel Maddow, and Noticias Telemundo and NBC Nightly News Saturday anchor José Díaz-Balart.

Tonight’s debate will feature: Former Vice President Joe Biden; Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders; New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand; Colorado Senator Michael Bennet; California Senator Kamala Harris; California Representative Eric Swalwell; Indiana South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper; author Marianne Williamson; and, entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

Last night’s debate featured: Mayor of New York City Bill De Blasio; Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren; New Jersey Senator Cory Booker; Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar; former Texas Representative Beto O’Rourke; Washington Governor Jay Inslee; former Maryland Representative John Delaney; Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard; and Ohio Representative Tim Ryan; and, former U.S. Housing Secretary Julián Castro.

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,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper,, 202-744-7726


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