Presumptive GOP presidential nominee falsely claims American Muslims donâ€™t assimilate, want to commit mass murder
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/15/16) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today demanded that presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump â€œstop the bigotryâ€ after he falsely claimed on Fox News that assimilation of American Muslims is â€œpretty closeâ€ to nonexistent and that a â€œpercentageâ€ of American Muslims â€œwant to do what this maniac did in Orlando.â€
In an interview with Fox Newsâ€™ Sean Hannity, Trump said:
â€œAssimilation has been very hard. It's almost, I won't say nonexistent, but it gets to be pretty close. I'm talking about second and third generation. They come, they don'tâ€” for some reason there's no real assimilation.â€
â€œThere is a percentage of people that want to do what this maniac did in Orlando. There's a percentage of people. That percentage becomesâ€”the number of people become more and more as we take in thousands and thousands of more people. There's a hate that's going on that's unbelievable. Okay? Unbelievable. They don't mind dying. That's a hate that's going on that's unbelievable. And we allow it to happen.â€
Today, Trump repeated his call for surveillance of American mosque.
â€œDonald Trump must stop the bigotry targeting American Muslims and other minorities before it takes America down the same dark path that has turned the people of other nations against each other,â€ said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. â€œMillions of American Muslims are contributing members of our society, and Muslims have been on this land before America was a nation.â€
He said Trumpâ€™s divisiveness is helping our nationâ€™s enemies and is ultimately making America less safe.
Awad noted that a significant number of American physicians are Muslim, that there are Muslim judges, business people, elected officials, military personnel, athletes, and scientists, and that there are two Muslim members of Congress.
Yesterday, CAIR welcomed remarks by President Barack Obama rebuking Donald Trump for his repeated use of anti-Muslim rhetoric and said such rhetoric undermines American values.
Earlier this year, CAIR said Donald Trumpâ€™s continued use of a debunked myth about U.S. Gen. John Pershing executing Muslim prisoners in the Philippines using bullets dipped in pigâ€™s blood was endangering ordinary American Muslims who were already facing a surge in hate.
CAIR has previously stated that Trumpâ€™s pigâ€™s blood claim and other instances of his Islamophobic rhetoric, including his calling for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States, his false claim that â€œIslam hates us,â€ his refusal to rule out special IDs for American Muslims, and his willingness to consider closing down American mosques place millions of innocent, law-abiding citizens in the American Muslim community at risk.
CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide since the Paris terror attacks, the San Bernardino shootings and Trumpâ€™s bigoted call for a complete ban on Muslims entering the United States.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim 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: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html Â Â Â 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.
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