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November 17, 2019
Muslim candidates faced hatred in 2018 political races. This year, 26 won election nationwide
by Niraj Warikoo (Detroit Free Press)
DETROIT — When Abdul El-Sayed announced in February 2017 he was running as a Democrat to be Michigan’s next governor, it was just a few weeks after President Donald Trump issued his Muslim travel ban.
The year before, Trump had declared: “I think Islam hates us.” And now, some officials with a history of inflammatory remarks about Muslims were in power in the White House.
El-Sayed, who is Muslim, forged ahead in spite of the challenging environment, but he had to deal with abuse online and on the campaign trail, facing bigoted remarks and death threats that prompted him to hire a bodyguard.