Businessman and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump caused another uproar last Wednesday, March 9, when he claimed that he thinks "Islam hates us", referring to western countries.
Speaking to Anderson Cooper during a CNN interview, Trump said the following:
"I think Islam hates us. There is a tremendous hatred there. We have to get to the bottom of it. There is an unbelievable hatred of us."
Following the interview, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) denounced Trump's comments and demanded that he apologize for his incendiary anti-Muslim remarks, according to World Religion News.
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Director Nihad Awad had strong words for the presidential candidate, the International Business Times reports:
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. He should apologize to the Muslims serving in our nation's armed forces, to the Muslim doctors who provide healthcare 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.
CAIR's communications director, Ibrahim Hooper, said that outrageous statements like the one made last Wednesday are "already endangering the lives of ordinary Muslim people staying in America," citing increased numbers of reports regarding threats and assaults against Muslim-American citizens.
The group as a whole shares Hooper's concerns about Trump's comments. The group's representatives, along with other Muslim leaders, held a press conference on March 10 to publicly call on Trump to apologize for his comments.