President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed ‘temporary’ ban on Muslims entering the United States apparently didn’t prevent him from improving on the Republican presidential candidate’s share of the Islamic vote for the third presidential election in a row.
Trump garnered 13 per cent of the Muslim vote, according to an exit poll released by the Council on American-Islamic Relations reveals. He got badly beaten among Muslims by Hillary Clinton, who got 74 per cent.
Clinton campaigned with Khizr Khan, the gold star father of slain Army Capt. Humayan Khan, and regularly stressed inculsion of Muslims in her ‘stronger together’ platform.
Trump’s vote share, however, was nearly triple the 4.4 per cent Republican Mitt Romney got in 2012, according to a survey relased by CAIR that year.
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President-elect Donald Trump won 13 per cent of the Muslim vote, according to an exit poll – badly losing the group to Hillary Clinton, but still improving on Mitt Romney’s performance in 2012
Republican John McCain got just 2 per cent of the Muslim vote against President Obama. Obama got 89 per cent then.
‘Muslims were more energized and engaged this election than ever before, turning out in record numbers, said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert McCaw in an official release, which offered no mention of Trump’s Muslim ban and didn’t try to explain the result.
Trump’s proposed temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S. brought a wave of criticism from civil liberties groups. He kept the proposal on his website throughout the campaign. Later, the candidate modified his rhetoric to call for ‘extreme vetting’ of immigrants from countries with high levels of terrorism, but never explained precisely how it would work.
He also criticized President Obama for admitting thousands of refugees from the Syrian civil war into the country, and claimed Hillary Clinton would let in far more.
Trump improved on Mitt Romney’s performance from 2012 even as he called for a Muslim ban and later ‘extreme vetting’ of immigrants
Mitt Romney got over 4 per cent of votes from Muslim Americans, according to a 2012 exit poll