(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/8/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump to offer a public apology to a Muslim woman verbally abused by the crowd and kicked out of one of his campaign rallies tonight in South Carolina.
Video: Muslim Woman Abused by Crowd, Kicked Out of Donald Trump Rally Interviewed by CNN
â€œThe image of a Muslim woman being abused and ejected from a political rally sends a chilling message to American Muslims and to all those who value our nationâ€™s traditions of religious diversity and civic participation,â€ said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. â€œDonald Trump should issue a public apology to the Muslim woman kicked out of his rally and make a clear statement that American Muslims are welcome as fellow citizens and as participants in the nationâ€™s political process.â€
Awad also called on Trump to meet with American Muslim leaders to help stem the anti-Muslim hysteria resulting from his rhetoric and that of other GOP presidential candidates.
Last month, CAIR joined other national American Muslim organizations in condemning a Trump policy statement â€œcalling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.â€
Video: CAIR, USCMO News Conference to Condemn Donald Trump's Call to Ban Muslims from U.S.Â Â
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
– END –
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com