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When Islamophobia Turns Violent: The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This report highlights trends and patterns surrounding Islamophobia since the start of the 2016 U.S. presidential election cycle. It does so in the broader context of hatred, violence and social hostilities confronting Muslims as a minority faith group in contemporary America and with a particular focus on acts and threats of violence. Since 2015, [...]

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Cruz’s Muslim Constituents Smeared as Extremists

If anything is part and parcel of American democracy, it’s the idea that voters can, and should, communicate their ideas and concerns to the members of Congress who represent them. On Monday, April 18, 2016, as leaders from the American Muslim community visited their lawmakers on Capitol Hill, that ideal broke down in the office [...]

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Bridge Initiative Hosts Panel Discussion on Race, Religion, and the 2016 Election

Against the backdrop of an election season characterized by unbridled anti-Muslim rhetoric, and a broader political landscape littered by hostile expressions towards refugees and minorities, Georgetown University’s Bridge Initiative hosted an afternoon panel discussion that brought together celebrated experts to examine the nexus between race, religion, and presidential politics. The event came just as the [...]

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Presidential Candidates and Mosque Visits: A Powerful Gesture of Solidarity to American Muslims

It is critical to call out demagogues and bigots and to hold them accountable to their Islamophobic statements. It is equally critical to highlight the peacemakers and the bridge builders. The latter might sound a bit naïve in the context of this presidential election cycle, but for many American Muslim citizens and communities, public acts […]

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Is Trump Right on Torture?

In the wake of the Belgium terrorist attacks, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has double-downed on his position in favor of torture. In a recent telephone interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Trump argued “we have to change our law on the waterboarding thing,” that he would “go further” than waterboarding and that the primary suspect […]

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New Poll on American Muslims Sheds Light on Politics, Patriotism, and Prejudice in 2016

On Tuesday, the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding (ISPU) released a new survey of American Muslims. It comes at a critically important time for this religious community, which has found itself — again — at the epicenter of an election-season vortex with prejudiced views about Islam abounding. “In this election cycle, specifically, Muslims have been […]

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Presidential Candidates Set to Appear at Event Hosted By Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist

On Saturday, July 25th, five 2016 presidential candidates are slated to appear at the New Hampshire National Security Action Summit, a daylong conference organized by the Center for Security Policy (CSP), a Washington, D.C. think tank that promotes conspiracies about Muslims and Islam. According to CSP’s website, Senator Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor George Pataki, and [...]

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Islamophobia in the 2016 Elections

[This piece was originally published on April 25, 2015. The candidates statements are updated frequently, and the introduction was updated in January 2016.]

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