Washington DC – Republican candidates who claim that Islam is a political ideology and not a religion. Super PACs broadcast a large number of television ads that link Democratic candidates to "terrorism." Anti-Muslim campaigns sent in areas across the country.
With the mid-term elections of the USA UU Scheduled for November 6, a new pre-election report criticized these types of anti-Muslim campaign tactics as a "losing strategy."
Published on Monday by the civil rights group of the Muslim Defenders, "Running on Hate" describes a wave of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the campaign throughout the era of the president of the United States, Donald Trump.
He documented 80 cases of "clear anti-Muslim rhetoric" used by political candidates in 2017 and 2018, adding that 64 percent of the candidates occupied the position earlier or enjoyed presidential support.
Scott Simpson, the director of public defense for the Muslim Defenders, explained that the anti-Muslim candidates competed for the office of "all levels of government" in "all regions" of the country in the last two years.
"Behind the vision of the world pushed by these candidates is something very worrying: Muslims and non-Muslim allies are conspiring to take over the government to replace the Constitution with the sharia law," he told Al Jazeera.
The Republicans comprised all but two of the 73 cases in which the report identified partisan affiliation, and more than a third of the candidates listed alleged that Muslims are innately violent or pose a physical threat.
"These conspiracy theories have had a constituency within the Republican Party for years," Simpson said, adding, "Trump is an important part of this, but it did not originate."
But with only 11 to 14 percent of the candidates listed in the report, Simpson argued that attacking Muslims has proven to be an ineffective electoral strategy.
"The vast majority of them are losing or expected to lose in November," he said. "What we saw in this report, and what we see every day, is contrary to conventional wisdom about this: the assumption that most Americans do not like Muslims is wrong."
In California's 50th district, Republican House of Representatives raider Duncan Hunter accused his Democratic opponent, Ammar Campa-Najjar, of trying to "infiltrate" Congress as part of a Muslim Brotherhood plot. Campa-Najjar, a 29-year-old Palestinian-Mexican-American, is a Christian.
Mike Harrison, spokesman for Hunter, told Al Jazeera earlier that "the national security concerns" surrounding Campa-Najjar have no bearing on his Palestinian heritage.
"It has absolutely everything to do with the fact that Ammar Campa-Najar has current and existing relationships with the [Palestine Liberation Organization] Y [the Council on American Islamic Relations]"he said, referring to the group of Muslim civil rights.
Earlier this year, the failed South Dakota Congress candidate, Neal Tapio, who lost in the Republican primary vote, said the founder of a Sioux Falls mosque was potentially linked to the Palestinian Hamas organization.
The evidence? Tapio's announcement said that the scarf of the mosque's founder looked like one worn by Hamas members. The video concluded: "Should we worry?"
During the 2016 presidential race, Trump promised to prohibit Muslims from entering the United States and suggested a database to track Muslim Americans.
The following year, hate crimes against Muslims increased by 15 percent, according to a report by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).
However, as rhetorical balloons and Muslim hate crimes grow, a record number of Muslim Americans have entered political careers in the United States.
Once in office, Trump implemented a travel ban, restricting travel to the US. UU For citizens of six countries with a Muslim majority.
|Trump's travel ban restricts entry to the US UU For citizens of six countries with a Muslim majority [Patrick T Fallon/Al Jazeera]|
According to Jetpac information published earlier this year, as part of local and state reports, advocated in part by Trump's anti-Muslim policies and comments, about 90 Muslims ran for public office at the local, state and national levels. .
Alia Salem, a Muslim and North American social justice activist from North Texas, explained that civic and political organization among Muslims was already increasing during the time of former President Barack Obama in the White House, during which the number of groups of anti-Muslim hatred It grew massively.
"With respect to the growing tension that Muslims from each different part of our community (conservatives, liberals and beyond), a switch was changed, especially since the election of Trump," he told Al Jazeera.
"It's not just about voting more," he said. "We really need to write policies and be in the front line of support for the people who advocate for our community."