A group of US Muslim advocacy groups that includes the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has announced more than half of all Muslim-American candidates for public office who ran in the 2020 general election won their races. According to a November 2020 article by Turkish state media:
November 7, 2020 The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Jetpac and MPower Change said of the 110 Muslim-Americans who ran for a variety of posts, 57 emerged or are projected to emerge victorious following the Nov. 3 general election. The individuals ran in competitions that spanned 24 states and Washington, D.C., and the number of Muslim candidates in the election is the highest the groups have tracked since 2016. Of the 57 victors, seven made history as the first Muslims elected to their respective state offices.
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CAIR subsequently published a list identifying newly elected officials that includes the following individuals elected to State Legislatures with various ties to problematic groups:
- Michigan State Legislature member Abraham Aiyash, who served as president of the Michigan State University Muslim Student Association.
- New York State Assembly member Zohran Mamdani, the founder of a New York chapter of the Students for Justice in Palestine, a pro-Palestinian activism group described by one anti-Semitism expert as fostering “an aggressive anti-Semitic atmosphere on campus.”
- Ako Abdul-Samad, re-elected to the Iowa state legislature’s 35th district. Abdul-Samad has acted as chairman of the American Muslim Alliance (AMA), a Muslim advocacy organization tied to the US Muslim Brotherhood.
- Iman Jodeh, the first Muslim and Arab woman elected to the Colorado State Legislature who in November 2020 participated in a virtual high-level conference of the American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), a Palestinian advocacy group with strong ties to both the US Muslim Brotherhood and to the Hamas support infrastructure in the US.
All of the above are members of the Democratic Party.
In November 2020, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported that 27-year-old CAIR board member Mauree Turner had been elected to the Oklahoma state legislature.
Other recent GIOR reporting on CAIR and the US elections has included:
- A November 2020 report that CAIR has issued a statement congratulating Democratic President-elect Joe Biden on his victory, vowing to hold the forthcoming administration accountable on Muslim inclusion and civil rights issues.
- An October 2020 report that CAIR was part of a coalition of Muslim and Arab groups tied to the US Muslim Brotherhood that launched a voter registration drive headed by individuals strongly opposed to Donald Trump.
- An October 2020 report that CAIR was part of a group of American Muslim advocacy organizations tied to the US Muslim Brotherhood that conducted a pre-election “Muslims In America Policy Poll,” surveying 1,500 people in 45 states who were asked to prioritize policy issues.
- An October 2020 report that California Democratic Party officials working for CAIR had authored an election voting guide positively rating votes by Democrat lawmakers, including Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who earlier had sent letters of support to CAIR.
The Council on American Islamic Relations is part of the Global Muslim Brotherhood, a transnational Islamist network covered by the GIOR. It describes itself as “a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group” and as “America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group.” It was founded in 1994 by three officers of the Islamic Association of Palestine, part of the U.S. Hamas infrastructure at that time.
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