The way muslims feel about the 2016 Election

Victor Cardoso, Staff Writer

The 2016 election for president of the United States of America between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton  has certainly shed light on issues regarding Muslims and they way they are perceived.

Much has been said over the course of the presidential race of Republican presidential nominee’s Donald Trump over a barrage of issues and statements regarding Muslims. The Republican nominee has made controversial statements towards Muslims and this seems to affect the way his supporters view them.

Among those statements, Donald Trump has called for a temporary ban of Muslims entering the United States, surveillance of Mosques, and creating a registry for Muslims in order to manage the people in the country.

The Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has persuaded her supporters to embrace Muslims and stating that America is a country of different faiths, creating some of America’s core value and strengths. The sentiments that Hillary Clinton possess is also in align with President Obama’s views. Even so that Hillary Clinton tweeted, “Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing to do with terrorism.

The Muslim population is only increasing as the years go on.

The Muslim-American population is equivalent to 3.3 million people which makes up 1% of the U.S. population. The Muslim population is expected to double by 2050.

It is evident how the rhetoric of both candidate can influence Americans to vote.

With the large number of Muslims in America, 7.5% of Muslims support Donald Trump. Although Hillary Clinton possess 52% of the Muslim supporters.

Clearly the views of both parties impact the views of America.  These views can be seen in the perceptions of Muslim-Americans.

“People don’t realize that, they just think Muslims are just bad people and most people that are immigrant that come [to the U.S.] give back to the community. We make the money,” said Arbnor Mehmedi, a Muslim student at Naugatuck High School.

Kurt Stampfle, expert on the Middle East, agrees with this sentiment. “An America without immigration, would not be America,” said Stampfle.
November 8th with answer the controversy American have about Muslims.