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CAIR Thanks D.C. Capitol Police for Arrest of Armed White Supremacist Near DNC, CAIR HQ 

(WASHINGTON D.C., 9/13/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today thanked United States Capitol Police after they arrested an allegedly armed white supremacist in a truck near both the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and CAIR headquarters in Washington, D.C. That pickup truck was painted with a Nazi swastika and other symbols police described as “White supremacist.” 

SEE: California man with bayonet and machete arrested near DNC headquarters  

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/california-man-bayonet-machete-arrested-near-dnc-headquarters-n1279061

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

“We thank those diligent and observant officers who arrested this suspect and perhaps prevented another act of white supremacist violence in our nation’s capital. We welcome the growing acknowledgement of the threat white supremacists and bigots of all types pose to our nation.” 

He noted that the arrest comes days before a pro-Trump rally on Sept. 18 to support imprisoned Jan. 6 coup attempt rioters. 

SEE: Capitol Police briefs leaders on Sept. 18 rally prep 

https://www.rollcall.com/2021/09/13/capitol-police-briefs-leaders-on-sept-18-rally-prep/

Awad said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Asian and anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.    

SEE: CAIR Supports Lawsuit to Remove Tuskegee, Ala. Confederate Monument    

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530, e-Mitchell@cair.com; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com  

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