WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and Rep.-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) attacked Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) on Twitter with false, anti-Muslim smears and conspiracies. The following is a statement from Muslim Advocates Public Advocacy Director Scott Simpson:
“The core message of what Sen. Loeffler and Rep.-elect Taylor Greene spewed on Twitter is that Muslims are foreign, hateful, terrorist-sympathizers. American Muslims have been facing waves of bigotry and violence for years and Rep. Omar has faced multiple, credible death threats as a result of this exact rhetoric. This hate must stop before someone is killed.
The American people just rejected President Trump and elected a brand new generation of American Muslims across the nation to public office. That is the America that the voters chose, not one where bigotry and hate are endorsed from the highest levels. House and Senate leaders in both parties should condemn this rhetoric and set an example for the nation.”
Muslim Advocates is a 501(c)(3) charity and does not endorse or oppose candidates for office. 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.
Muslim Advocates is a national civil rights organization working in the courts, in the halls of power and in communities to halt bigotry in its tracks. We ensure that American Muslims have a seat at the table with expert representation so that all Americans may live free from hate and discrimination.