(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/23/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned President Trump’s decision to retweet an anti-Muslim bigot critical of former vice president Joe Biden for engaging in outreach to American Muslim voters and pledging to end the Muslim Ban.
Trump retweeted a July 21st post by Paul Sperry, who wrote, “BREAKING: Biden wishes public schools taught more about Islam; promises Muslims he will end terrorism-related ban on immigration from high-risk Islamic nations “on Day One.””
According to Georgetown University’s Bridge Initiative, Sperry has blamed Islam for the spread of the Ebola virus, called former President Barack Obama the “defender-in-chief of Islam,” warned of an “Islamic fifth column” growing inside America, accused tax reform activist Grover Norquist of “ties to militant Muslim activists,” and written multiple debunked books attacking Islam and Muslims.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Sperry has claimed that Muslims have been working for 30 years to infiltrate and “destroy our constitutional government.”
SEE: Georgetown University Bridge Initiative Fact Sheet: Paul Sperry
Earlier this year, CAIR condemned Trump’s promotion of a different tweet by Sperry that baselessly questioned whether U.S. mosques will be treated differently during the month of Ramadan than churches were treated during Easter amid the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
SEE: CAIR Condemns Trump’s ‘Divisive and Insulting’ Attempt to Target American Muslims During COVID-19 Pandemic
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“President Trump’s continued attempt to use Muslim Americans as a political football is as despicable and dangerous as his promotion of anti-Muslim bigots and conspiracy theorists like Paul Sperry.
“Every American who values a free and inclusive society should be happy to see Muslim Americans engaging in the political process. Bigots who feel otherwise should sit at the fringe of society and should never receive credibility from the Oval Office.”
Awad noted that CAIR has repeatedly expressed concern about Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric and the Trump administration’s xenophobic, Islamophobic, white supremacist, and racist policies and appointments.
SEE: CAIR Says Trump’s Defense of Confederate Flag Puts Him ‘on the Side of Racists and 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.