The nationwide board of the Muslim Caucus of America as effectively Iowa state Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad introduced their endorsements of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for the 2020 presidential election.
“What you may have right here is a person who stands up for what’s simply and what’s proper. Bernie Sanders has proven that he’s keen to face up for everybody and never simply due to political expediency or monetary expediency, however as a result of it’s the proper factor to do,” mentioned Abdul-Samad, who’s the one Muslim consultant within the Iowa Home.
The endorsement got here as presidential candidates gear up for the 2020 Iowa caucuses Monday. The primary voter polls present Sanders within the lead, with former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg carefully behind.
“I’m honored to obtain the Muslim Caucus of America’s endorsement,” Sanders mentioned in a press release. “Muslim People for generations have been a part of the material of our American household. Whereas Donald Trump has tried to demonize the Muslim neighborhood, our motion is working to convey Muslims and folks of all backgrounds collectively to create an financial system, justice system and political system which are rooted in human rights for all.”
Abdul-Samad, who has served within the Iowa Home for 14 years and sits on the advisory committee of the Muslim Caucus of America, mentioned Sanders’s willingness to “go towards the tribe” to “arise for justice” had been among the many traits that earned his and the caucus’s endorsement.
“For many years, Senator Sanders has been constant in combating for progressive insurance policies and has demonstrated in phrase and in motion the necessity to look after all People no matter race, creed, or class. His ardour has ignited a complete era dedicated to disrupting corruption, inequality, and all types of racial injustice,” mentioned the group’s assertion.
Muslim Caucus of America, which was based in 2017 and focuses on American Muslim political organizing, added it was “refreshing to see most of the 2020 Presidential hopefuls have interaction with the American Muslim constituency in an inclusive method and never as an afterthought.”
Sanders has additionally been a high contender amongst Muslim People, a lot of whom say the senator has persistently visited and acknowledged the neighborhood when different presidential candidates largely ignored them.
Alongside former candidate Julián Castro, Sanders spoke on the Islamic Society of North America’s annual convention in Houston final September. The annual convention was the biggest gathering ever of Muslim People within the U.S.
There are greater than 1,000 lively Muslim volunteers throughout the nation supporting Sanders’s bid for the Democratic nomination, together with activist chief Linda Sarsour and former Michigan gubernatorial candidate Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, in line with Sanders’ marketing campaign group.
On Capitol Hill, Sanders has additionally acquired endorsements from Muslim Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). He’s additionally been backed by Minnesota Legal professional Normal Keith Ellison.
Though Muslim People make up solely about 1% of the U.S. inhabitants, the Muslim vote is rising. In New York state alone, almost 400,000 Muslims got here out to vote in 2016. In Michigan, almost 120,000 Muslims voted. Muslim turnout in Michigan, Florida, Ohio and Virginia –– 4 essential swing states, every with a major Muslim inhabitants –– jumped 25 proportion factors from the 2014 to the 2018 midterm elections.