Muslim Democrat running for US Senate seeks civil dialogue

Source: Associated Press

By CLARICE SILBER

PHOENIX (AP) — Deedra Abboud is pushing back against expectations that she will be labeled the “Muslim candidate” as she tries to unseat incumbent Sen. Jeff Flake in 2018.

Comments regarding her candidacy are always linked to her faith, she said, adding that “my religion is not something that I can hide nor would I choose to.”

Abboud was greeted with applause and cheers Monday as she confronted hateful online comments regarding her Islamic faith and spoke about being American and Muslim during a news conference at the headquarters of Arizona Democrats.

The attorney and activist mentioned her previous calls for more civility in political dialogue and said the online Islamophobic attacks she has faced have become commonplace in the United States.

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