Muslim-American leaders and activists are reaching out to the community with the hope of registering one million voters this electoral season. The goal is clear, to defeat Donald Trump and trounce what many regard as his anti-Muslim agenda.
Activists say Muslim voters could have a tremendous impact with swing states such as Virginia and Florida, and note that 300,000 Muslims have registered to vote this year (according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations).
On the flip side, there is Baltimore businessman Sajid Tarar, founder of “American Muslims for Trump,” who agrees with Trump’s stance on fighting “radical Islam.” Michael Cohen, co-chair of the “National Diversity Coalition for Trump,” says that Trump is “the only candidate who will enhance our national security, bring jobs back to America and fix our ailing economy.”
Osama Abu Irshaid is a member of the “U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations” which is spearheading the drive against Trump and offers, “We want the Muslim community to understand that if you give up your rights voluntarily, no one will come and give it back to you.”