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Muslim leaders push back against Trump for incendiary speech in wake of massacre
by Joel Achenbach and Lateshia Beachum
The Council on American-Islamic Relations had planned to hold a news conference Tuesday unveiling a report on Islamophobia, including the rise of "Muslim-free" businesses, anti-Muslim rallies by armed protesters, direct attacks on Muslims and the vandalism of mosques.
Then Orlando happened — an American Muslim slaughtered 49 people in a gay nightclub. CAIR officials realized they needed to hold off on their report and postpone the news conference, in part because the country should be focusing on homophobia and not Islamophobia.
But then came Donald Trump. In an incendiary speech Monday in New Hampshire, Trump described American Muslims in sweeping, harsh terms, depicting them as a kind of enemy within, prone to radical ideology and guilty of harboring terrorists.
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