WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — A fledgling political organization in the Washington, DC area, American Muslims for Trump, is planning to campaign for the US presidential candidate Donald Trump in 17 states following the Republican National Convention in July, the group’s founder Sajid Tarar told Sputnik.
"After his [Trump’s] nomination, we will expand our movement," Tarar stated. "We will have representatives in 17 different states and we will be convincing people to vote for Trump [and] join the campaign."
When asked why a Muslim would back Trump, given the candidate’s call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States until a system to weed out terrorists is in, Tarar replied that Trump is the candidate willing to say out loud that radical Islam is a threat to Western civilization.
"He’s talking about Muslims who are not Muslims to begin with," Tarar noted. "The people who are chopping heads off people, innocent people, they are not Muslims. That is not Islam."
Trump has angered many Muslim groups with his call for a temporary ban on Syrian asylum seekers entering the United States until a system is devised to weed out terrorists hiding among refugees — a tactic used by several Islamists who recently attacked targets in Belgium and France.