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GOOD NEWS ALERT: CAIR Applauds Maryland Senator Ben Cardin’s Decision to Oppose Pompeo Confirmation

(BALTIMORE, MD, 4/19/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded U.S. Senator Ben Cardin’s (D-MD) decision to oppose the confirmation of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, due in part to his past Islamophobic statements.

SEE: Sen. Ben Cardin Opposes Pompeo Nomination, Cites Anti-LGBT, Anti-Islam Statements

SEE ALSO: CAIR Fact Sheet on Mike Pompeo


“We thank Senator Cardin for his principled position on a critical confirmation that impacts all Americans,” said CAIR Outreach Director for Maryland Zainab Chaudry. “It is an important affirmation to his constituents that elected leaders can champion the values of inclusivity and tolerance, and will refuse to ignore bigotry against our communities.” 

Senator Cardin joins a growing list of senators publicly opposing Pompeo’s bid, including Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE).

Recently, CAIR thanked these senators for calling out Pompeo’s anti-Muslim bigotry at a senate confirmation hearing. 

SEE: CAIR Thanks Sens. Booker, Shaheen, Menendez, Markey, Coons for Highlighting Pompeo’s Islamophobia at Confirmation Hearing

Video: Sen. Cory Booker Grills Mike Pompeo on His Past Anti-Muslim Statements and Associations

Video: Sen. Edward Markey Questions Mike Pompeo About His Smears Targeting U.S. Muslim Leaders

In a statement, Senator Cardin, who is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said:

“Mr. Pompeo has made repeated, damning statements about members of the Islamic faith and the LGBT community during his public career that are completely antithetical to American values. His statements in that regard make it challenging for him to represent our country to the world and oversee our smart power arsenal.”

SEE: Opposition Mounting to CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s Bid to Become Secretary of State

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.

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