A US Muslim advocacy group is asking Donald Trump to apologize for telling CNN’s Anderson Cooper Wednesday night that he “thinks Islam hates America.”
“I think Islam hates us. There is a tremendous hatred there,” Trump told Cooper, defending his proposed ban on Muslims entering the US. “We have to get to the bottom of it. There is an unbelievable hatred of us.”
“Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric does not reflect leadership, but instead reflects a bigoted mindset that only serves to divide our nation and the world,” said CAIR National Executive Director NihadAwad in a statement to the press.
“He should apologize to the Muslims serving in our nation’s armed forces, to the Muslim doctors who provide health care to millions of Americans, to the Muslim law enforcement officers who keep communities safe, to the Muslim women targeted by hate because of their attire, and to the Muslim students who face bullying because of their faith.”
The remarks from Trump, the current front-runner for the Republican nomination for president, did not sit well with many of the nearly 3.3 million Muslims living in America, the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Thursday.