Six months ago, Saba Ahmed, an American Muslim and founder of the Republican Muslim Coalition, was protesting Donald Trump and his rhetoric.
Now, Ahmed has thrown her support behind Trump and is trying to convince her fellow Muslims to do the same.
Prior to 9/11, Republicans received a majority of Muslim votes, most notably in the 2000 presidential election, where Muslims cast significantly more votes for George W. Bush over Al Gore.
Ahmed, who has appeared on several television programs to discuss her perspective on Muslims in politics, believes that after 9/11 the Republican Party abandoned the Muslim community and, in return, Muslims switched to the Democrats.
She believes this was a mistake. “Instead of abandoning the Republican Party, the [Muslim] community should have educated and become more involved with the Republican Party,” Ahmed said.
“You hardly see Muslims speaking out, but then there’s other people speaking for us and what I’m trying to do is speak for our community. Sadly, the only times you see Muslims on the media is generally after a terrorist attack,” said Ahmed, who wants to change this sort of pattern.
As part of this initiative, Ahmed takes her message to local mosques, seeking to bring more Muslims into the Republican Party by discussing the issues and ideology.
In regards to Trump, Ahmed believes, “In the long term, I don’t think he will want to alienate our community … This is the land of the free and the home of the brave, and we’re all proud Americans. So hopefully we can make this country great again,” Ahmed said, referencing Trump’s campaign slogan.
h/t: BizPac Review