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CAIR Says Trump’s Defense of Confederate Flag Puts Him ‘on the Side of Racists and Traitors’

Muslim civil rights group condemns president’s use of white supremacy to divide nation for his perceived political benefit

(WASHINGTON, D.C., (7/6/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said President Trump’s defense of the Confederate flag and his most recent use of white supremacist and divisive rhetoric places him “squarely on the side of racists and traitors.”

Earlier today, Trump criticized NASCAR’s decision to ban the Confederate flag from races and attacked the sport’s top Black driver.

SEE: Trump criticizes NASCAR ban on Confederate flags, attacks Black driver (Politico)

Trump lashes out at NASCAR, Bubba Wallace over flag, rope

Over the Independence Day holiday, Trump compared anti-racism protesters to Nazis and terrorists.

SEE: Trump doubles down on divisive messaging in speech to honor Independence Day (CNN)

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

“With his defense of the Confederate flag, Mr. Trump places himself squarely on the side of racists and traitors who sought to destroy the United States and preserve slavery. His repeated promotion of racism and defense of white supremacy is a cynical and corrosive appeal to a shrinking base of supporters who he obviously believes is receptive to a message of hatred and bigotry.”

Awad noted that CAIR has repeatedly expressed concern about the Trump administration’s Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist policies and appointments and he believes Trump’s racist and divisive rhetoric leads to increased hate crimes and discrimination.

SEE: CAIR Condemns White Supremacist, Pro-Trump, Islamophobic Vandalism of New Mexico Indian Restaurant

CAIR Condemns Selection of Trump’s New Islamophobic Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

Last month, CAIR condemned Trump’s racist anti-Somali national origin-based attack on Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) during his first major campaign rally since the outbreak of COVID-19.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Trump’s Racist Attack on Muslim Congresswoman, Use of Anti-Asian ‘Kung Flu’ Term, Defense of Confederate ‘Traitors’

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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292,

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