Republicans Might Be Covertly Squashing Political Involvement Of U.S. Muslims 

Ask United States Muslims how they feel about the country in which they live, and you will likely only receive one response: “I’m a patriot!” Even minority populations in the United States love our country: but many of them vote Democrat. Part of the reason is the difference between patriotism and nationalism. Another part of the reason is how they’re treated by their fellow citizens and the rights they enjoy — or the ones they do not.

But it turns out that another question they’re subtly asked nearly every day of their lives might actually have an unspoken effect. What question is that? It might sound familiar or it might not: “Which identity do you love more: your Islamic faith or your American citizenship?” It’s a question asked of Muslims all the time by Republicans, who are sometimes unable to understand that the two identities do not mutually exclude one another.

While that may be the case, the aforementioned effect the question has on the U.S. Muslim population is curious: it might reduce the amount of political involvement, engagement, and voter turnout of Muslim citizens. Why is that?

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out.

When Donald Trump was campaigning for the presidency in 2015, he said he “might” support a Muslilm registry for those living here. When he actually became president, he passed a new law preventing many Muslim travelers from entering the United States. He even activated plans to send out a newsletter of immigrant crimes committed against citizens — an action taken straight out of the Nazi Germany handbook for dictators. 

And then there are Trump’s activities today. He told four Democratic members of Congress — all of color — that they should “go back” home, even though three out of the four were born here, and all are American citizens. Two of the four are Muslims. 

Many have pointed out the underlying implication in Trump’s comments and actions is that Muslim Americans cannot be both Muslim and American at the same time. Is it true? Of course not. One identity has nothing to do with the other. Trump’s supporters seem to like the message, though. Since he began his campaign for the 2016 election, attacks against minorities have spiked. Our fearless leader’s messages are being heard — and they are literally resulting in the deaths of American citizens.

Is it so surprising that those citizens are less likely to present themselves as political instruments as a result of this constant onslaught? Probably not. And that might be exactly the point. If it’s not, then Republicans are doing an unbelievable job of achieving their goals inadvertently and through ignorance.

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