Up to 90 Muslim Americans jumped into races for everything from school board to Congress since the start of the election cycle, reported The Associated Press. While only about 50 candidates remain since the recent primaries, the number is still higher than it has been since before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Comparatively, only about one dozen Muslims ran for office in 2016.
Should a 650% increase in Muslims running for political office in the US, concern Americans?
Presently, there remains nine Muslim candidates for Congress, according to Jetpac, a not-for-profit aimed at building American Muslim political infrastructure. Moreover, the group estimates 18 Muslim candidates for state legislatures and 10 additional Muslim candidates for various state and local offices.
While the number of Muslims running for office is up, the rate of success has not been especially high. However, Muslims are expected to perform more competitively in Michigan, which has one of the country’s biggest Arab-American populations, according to Geoffrey Skelley, an associate editor for one of the Center for Politics’ websites at the University of Virginia.
Last year, a reporter for the Star Tribune in Minnesota tweeted about Somali refugee, turned State Rep. In his tweet, Roper admits he is unable to report about what Omar is telling her supporters as the candidate is not speaking English to her supporters.
— Eric Roper (@StribRoper) March 2, 2016
Meanwhile, in Michigan, the GOP’s most conservative candidate,Patrick Colbeck, has been getting hammered by the media for expressing his concern about Muslim Democrat candidate for governor, Abdulrahman Mohamed El Sayed’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Michigan’s most conservative candidate for governor, Patrick Colbeck found himself in the middle a high-profile battle against the intolerant Democrat Party and their allies in the media, who are attempting to destroy his gubernatorial campaign, for having the audacity to reveal his Democrat opponent’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
During a “see something, say something” forum with retired Homeland Security Officer Philip Haney, on April 2018, the second-term state senator from Canton Township talked about a “civilization jihad” plot by Muslims to “change our system of government” in America by implementing Sharia law. The effort includes obtaining “positions of influence,” he said, noting Hamtramck now has the first Muslim-majority City Council in the country.
“But we also have somebody I will also likely be running against in the general election, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, whose parents apparently have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood back in Egypt,” Colbeck said in one clip. “This is scary stuff.”
Colbeck clarified his remarks by saying, “I’m not casting aspersions on all Muslims, just those affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.”
The response from Michigan’s Democrat candidate, Abdulrahman Mohamed El Sayed to Patrick Colbeck’s remarks has been ignored by the media. Instead of addressing Colbeck’s claims, El Sayed spewed a blanket claim that all Muslims hate Colbeck, not just El Sayed, but ALL Muslims.
We’re pretty sure that if Colbeck told El Sayed that ALL Christians hated him, his career as a politician would have abruptly ended, yet, with the exception of a blurb in the Detroit News, this is likely the first time you’re reading about the claim El-Sayed made in front of a room full of people, including journalists, on behalf of every Muslim in Michigan (or perhaps the world?)
Detroit News – Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed on Thursday called for Republican rivals to condemn “Islamophobia” and “racism” after comments by GOP hopeful Patrick Colbeck during a rare forum featuring all seven candidates from the two major parties.
“You may not hate Muslims, but Muslims hate you,” El-Sayed said after imploring the GOP field.
El Sayed is a frequent critic of President Trump as well:
Dear world, I’m sorry for @realdonaldtrump. We’ll do better next time
— Abdul El-Sayed (@AbdulElSayed) May 27, 2018
The Democrat candidate for governor in Michigan doesn’t make any secret of his hate for America and our history, as he reminds Donald Trump that Americans raped, murdered and pillaged Native Americans an were responsible for the trans-American slave trade:
Your ancestors didn’t “tame” anything. If you’re referring to colonialism, the extinguishment of Native Americans, and the trans-Atlantic slave trade – that’s called rape, murder, and pillage. Strength lies in seeking to grow beyond our failures “Toward a more perfect union.”
Your ancestors didn’t “tame” anything. If you’re referring to colonialism, the extinguishment of Native Americans, and the trans-Atlantic slave trade – that’s called rape, murder, and pillage.
Strength lies in seeking to grow beyond our failures “Toward a more perfect union.” https://t.co/xOyP2TwLPJ
— Abdul El-Sayed (@AbdulElSayed) May 27, 2018
Al-Sayed found a friend in radical Muslim activist Linda Sarsour, who has endorsed him and is reportedly joining him on the campaign trail.