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CAIR Condemns Barcelona Terror Attack, Trump’s Islamophobic Twitter Reaction

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/17/2017) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, that left at least 13 people dead and many more injured.

CAIR also condemned the “Islamophobic” Twitter response to that attack offered by President Trump that included false information.

Trump tweeted, apparently in reaction to the attack in Spain: “Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!”

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“We condemn the terror attack in Barcelona, and we condemn President Trump’s irresponsible and Islamophobic response to that attack. President Trump claims he needed days to get the ”˜facts’ on Charlottesville, and said nothing about the recent bombing of a Minnesota mosque, but tweeted false information within minutes of the Barcelona attack.

“The knee-jerk promotion of the widely-debunked myth about U.S. Gen. John Pershing in the Philippines — which President Trump surely knows is false since he has used it in the past — may just be his attempt to divert attention from widespread criticism of his response to the domestic terror attack in Charlottesville.”

Awad tweeted in response to the Barcelona attack: “Sickening to watch the #barcelonaattack. Our hearts and prayers are with the victims of this despicable crime against the innocents.”

SEE: Awad’s Tweet

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CAIR Says Trump’s Continued Use of ”˜Pig’s Blood’ Myth Endangers American Muslims

Earlier today, CAIR condemned tweets by President Trump in support of “beautiful” Confederate statues and monuments.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Trump’s Tweet in Support of ”˜Beautiful’ Confederate Statues

The Washington-based civil rights organization said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting members of minority groups since the election of Donald Trump and is urging community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at:      

CAIR recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here:    

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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