WASHINGTON – A leading American Muslim civil rights group issued a statement on Wednesday, November 9, calling on President-elect Donald Trump to respect the rights of all Americans and pledging to work with the new president to strengthen the nation.
“As citizens of this great nation, we accept the result of the democratic process that has bound us together as one nation,” Nihad Awad, National Executive Director of the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR), said.
“Regardless of who won or lost yesterday’s election, American Muslims are here to stay. We are not going anywhere, and will not be intimidated or marginalized. God willing, the American Muslim community will continue to mobilize to challenge bigotry, to uphold justice and to protect the freedoms and rights of all Americans.”
The statement came as billionaire businessman Donald Trump defeated former secretary of state Hillary Clinton in hard-fought election on Wednesday early morning.
A former reality TV star, Trump announced his candidacy in June 2015.
Since then, the billionaire businessman from New York has consistently alienated minority groups, refused to release his tax returns and remained seemingly unapologetic for leaked tapes in which he brags about sexually assaulting women.
American Muslims vowed to increase outreach to other faith groups to build bridges and extend mutual understanding.
Prior to Tuesday’s election, CAIR joined a coalition of interfaith and civic groups across the country in asking Americans of all faith, racial and political backgrounds to commit to working with each other after the election to build a more united country.
“American Muslims will also increase outreach to their fellow citizens of other faiths and backgrounds to build bridges of mutual understanding and cooperation,” Awad said.
“We will hold the new president to the highest standard in defending the rights of all those residing in our nation, as guaranteed by the Constitution.
“America is strongest and best when all its communities, institutions and leaders are working together to build a better future for its people and for the world. We look forward to continuing to work with all of our federal, state and local leaders to achieve such a future.
“CAIR will continue to be a fearless and principled defender of the Muslim community, regardless of who leads our nation.
“To those in the American Muslim community who are fearful of the future, know that America is your home and you have the same rights and responsibilities as all other Americans. Rest assured that CAIR is here for you, your family and your children.
“God is the best of planners.”