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Million Moslems Against Trump

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Muslim activists in America have set themselves the target of registering one million Muslim voters—mostly Arab immigrants—in key states to help defeat Donald Trump, a number of Islamic organizations have announced.

Efforts will be focused on swing states such as Ohio and Florida that have large Muslim populations, potentially giving the small but united voting bloc the power to tilt close election results.

According to reports, organizations such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Circle of North America, and the US Council of Muslim Organizations, are also using mosques as voter registration centers.

The main registration drive is expected to take place in June, during the Muslim festival of Ramadan, when mosque attendance peaks.

A Pew Research Center survey last year found that 70 percent of American Muslims identify with the Democratic Party, while just 11 percent consider themselves to be Republicans.

All of the organizations cite Trump’s—and Ted Cruz’s—comments about Muslims over the past few months as reasons for their racial mobilization.

“The fear and apprehension in the American Muslim community has never been at this level,” Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for CAIR, was quoted as saying. “The anti-Islamic tidal wave is spurring civic participation.”

Naeem Baig, the president of the Islamic Circle of North America, said that it was “a matter of survival for the American Muslim community.” cont

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