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For Immediate Release

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CAIR Calls on President-Elect Trump to Repudiate Attacks on Muslim Women by His Supporters

WASHINGTON -

The Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on President-elect Donald Trump to repudiate alleged attacks on Muslim students at universities in Louisiana and California reportedly by some of his supporters.

A Muslim student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette was attacked two men, one of whom was wearing a hat emblazoned with "Trump."

In California, a student who was wearing an Islamic head scarf (hijab) was confronted by two men who made comments about President-elect Trump and Muslims.

SEE: Police Investigate Attacks on Muslim Students at Universities (NY Times)
A Rash of Racist Attacks Have Broken Out in the US After Donald Trump's Victory

Other reports of anti-Muslim incidents involving apparent Trump supporters surfaced nationwide, including "Trump" graffiti on a Muslim prayer room at a New York University, and a reported attack on a Muslim woman in New Mexico by a Trump supporter.

SEE: Just Two Days After Trump's Election, Reports of Anti-Islam Attacks Spike

"If President-elect Trump truly wishes to be the leader of all Americans, he must begin unifying the nation by repudiating the type of bigotry generated by his campaign for the White House," said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. "Unless Mr. Trump speaks out forcefully against hate attacks by his supporters, they will take his silence as tacit endorsement of their actions."

CAIR-NJ: South Brunswick Board of Education Member Targeted by Anti-Islamic Graffiti

Hooper noted that former President George W. Bush and President Obama both repudiated anti-Muslim bigotry.

Yesterday, CAIR issued a statement calling on President-elect Donald Trump to respect the rights of all Americans.

WATCH: CAIR News Conference with U.S. Muslim, Interfaith Leaders Reacting to Election of Donald Trump as President

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members who believe their rights have been violated to contact local police and CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group. CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

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