The following is a statement from Scott Simpson, public advocacy director for Muslim Advocates, regarding Corey Stewart’s now-deleted Tweet calling history-making American Muslim Michigan gubernatorial candidate Dr. Abdul El-Sayed an “ISIS commie.”
Trumpeting anti-Muslim conspiracies has become a destructive and commonplace political tactic, and these attacks on the American Muslim community, and a history-making candidate like Dr. El-Sayed, are inexcusable and unacceptable.
This rhetoric only hurts the country. It gives license to those who commit acts of violence against American Muslims, and, as we’ve seen in election after election, it rarely even results in votes.
Muslim Advocates is tracking and responding to this type of rhetoric because hate violence against Muslims is now at an all-time high and, according to California State University-San Bernardino, this rhetoric is strongly correlated to increases in hate violence.
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