The Council on American-Islamic Relations executive director Nihad Awad says American Muslims ''will not be intimidated or marginalized'' by the rhetoric previously said by President-elect Donald Trump. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The Council on American-Islamic Relations held a news conference in Washington, DC on the results of the U.S. election on Wednesday (November 9). CAIR's National Executive Director, Nihad Awad said they congratulate President-elect Donald Trump on his election victory. He added that "American muslims are here to stay." "We will not be intimidated or marginalized," said Awad. The president-elect had made previous comments about Muslims, that those from abroad should be barred entry or intensely scrutinized beforehand, and the presence of vocal anti-Islam activists among his supporters, has alarmed many. "Politics is politics and bigotry is bigotry. And those two need to be separated," said Colin Christopher from the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia.