Muslims in Florida seize on Trump-Khan flap with voter drive

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Following the moving speech by Khizr Kahn at the Democratic National Convention last week, and Donald Trump's offensive outbursts that ensued, Muslims opposed to Trump have launched a get-out-the-vote effort in Florida, which will likely be a key battleground state during the presidential campaign.

The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on Tuesday launched its #CAIR2Vote campaign to encourage more Muslims to participate in the election and learn more about the process in what they claim to be a state rife with anti-Islamic sentiment and legislation.

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Muslims makeup about one-percent of all Floridians, according to census data. But the number of Muslims in the Sunshine State is growing rapidly, and faster than the general population of Muslims across the country. In a swing-state like Florida, that many observers believe could decide the election, Muslims could play a serious role in picking the next president.

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Khizr Khan, whose son, Humayun S. M. Khan was one of 14 American Muslims who died serving in the U.S. Army in the 10 years after the 9/11 attacks, offers to loan his copy of the Constitution to Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump, as he speaks while a relative looks on during the last night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Captain Humayun Khan, died while serving his country in 2004. 

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Khizr Khan walks off stage after speaking about his son US Army Captain Humayun Khan who was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq 12 years ago, on the final night of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. / AFP / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Khizr Khan, who's son Humayun (L) was killed serving in the U.S. Army, speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 28, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Khizr Khan, father of Humayun S. M. Khan who was killed while serving in Iraq with the US Army, speaks during the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 28: Khizr Khan, father of deceased Muslim U.S. Soldier Humayun S. M. Khan, holds up a booklet of the US Constitution as he delivers remarks on the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Khizr Khan, whose son Humayun S. M. Khan was one of 14 US Muslims who died serving the United States in the ten years after 9/11 speaks during the final day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. / AFP / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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Khan's DNC speech, and Trump's subsequent comments about Khan and his family, sparked outrage across the country. The GOP presidential candidate's behavior and rhetoric towards Muslims has prompted many to leave the Republican Party.

"I'm going to vote for anyone but Republicans because of this one person, this man who has gone out of his mind," said Nazar Naqvi, the father of Muslim U.S. soldier killed in a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2008. "Not any office should get our vote. He has been nominated not by one person – the Republican Party nominated him."

Naqvi, who told Reuters in an interview he "faithfully" voted Republican for more than 30 years, is now advising his friends to ditch the GOP over Trump.

Ghazala Salam is the president of the American Muslim Democratic Caucus of Florida. He recently told The Sun Sentinel that Muslim Democrats can help "swing the election." The factor, he told the paper, is getting people out to vote—of the roughly 700,000 Muslims in Florida, only between 200,000 and 250,000 are currently registered to vote. As the Sentinel notes, the 2012 election was decided by 74,309 votes.

The post Muslims In Florida Seize On Trump-Khan Flap With Voter Drive appeared first on Vocativ.


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