Muslim Advocates Responds to Trump Refusal to Apologize for Blatant Anti-Muslim Campaign Rhetoric

Washington, DC – The following is a statement from Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates, in response to President Trump’s refusal today to apologize for his anti-Muslim campaign rhetoric and promises, which culminated in the Muslim Ban. The administration’s refusal to back-track on this long-record of anti-Muslim rhetoric factored into the debate at last week’s Supreme Court argument in Hawai’i v. Trump:

“If there was ever any doubt about whether President Trump  continues to endorse the anti-Muslim rhetoric he promoted on the campaign trail, his statement today serves to definitively dispel it. In fact, those anti-Muslim statements and campaign promises led directly to the Muslim Ban.

Not only has Trump continued his incendiary rhetoric as president, but he has doubled down through his un-American, unlawful, and hate-fueled policies and this latest refusal to apologize. This bigotry is being echoed in campaigns nationwide.

The effects of these policies and rhetoric are felt nationwide with an unprecedented spike in hate violence against Muslims and mosque attacks.

In all its iterations, the Muslim Ban is nothing more than a thinly-veiled attempt to legalize discrimination, keep Muslims out of the United States, and fearmonger.”

Muslim Advocates recently released a report analyzing the effects and implications of the ban and the great lengths that the administration has taken to circumvent the Constitution. Available here.

Muslim Advocates is a national legal advocacy and educational organization that works on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths.