The use of anti-Muslim bigotry in political campaigns is a tactical Muslim and Muslim candidates have seen over and over…
The use of anti-Muslim bigotry in political campaigns is a tactical Muslim and Muslim candidates have seen over and over in recent years. Just last week, Rep Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) Launched a series of Islamophobic and racist attack ads against his democratic opponent, Ammar Campa-Najjar.
But a new report shows that candidates who have a great deal of tactics over the last two years have been backlashed and eventually lost their choice.
In his “Running on Hate” report, on Monday, 1
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Political mudslinging and malicious campaigns are nothing new in the history of the American election. But in recent years, especially after the election of Donald Trump as president, racist and xenophobic campaigns have increased beyond the worrying number of white supremacists running for the office and the subsequent rise in hate crime nationwide.
Half of 2017-18 candidates Muslims lawyers identified in their report went to Congress, while the remaining 40 run for local positions, including 15 candidates for the county administrative board, 15 for governors and 10 for state legislators. By the 73 races where a candidate party party could be identified positively, all but two Republicans, and confirmed the GOP’s hostility against Muslims.
While 34 of these Campaigns are still active, the results for the other 46 fell heavily against the candidates: 27 anti-Muslim candidates lost their competitions, eight released and one recalled. Only two of them finally won, in 2017.
At the same time, the report predicts that many of the active candidates will lose, with “only one or two newly elected anti-Muslim candidates” – meaning most winners should
. The report based its conclusions on different focus groups and the Cook Political Report, a non-party newsletter that analyzes elections and campaigns.
Running on Hate report by Muslim attorneys
The states with the most anti-Muslim candidates were Texas with eight, followed by Virginia and Florida by six.
“It has always been a resilient but small cadres of politicians who have been anti-Muslim for years. But it has exploded completely in the 2017 and 2018 elections,” told Scott Simpson, the author of the report and the Public Advocate General at Muslim Attorneys , Huffpost.
“It’s very important that candidates, politicians and elected officials understand that this is a way to lose. This is not a way to win a choice. It’s also irresponsible and fragmented. But it’s not even effective, “added Simpson.
The problem of using anti-Muslim language is widely nationwide. The state with the most anti-Muslim candidates was Texas with eight, followed by Virginia and Florida by six, according to the report.
These candidates propagated “false, bigoted and dangerous” conspiracy theories are often promoted by different hate groups. Some of these conspiracy theories claimed that Muslim Americans were intolerantly violent and attempted to take over the US government. Other candidates used fear-mongering tactics during the campaign, repeating false myths that Muslims want to implement the Sharia law and explain that Islam is a cult rather than a religion like someone else.
Running on Hate Report by Muslim Attorneys
Anti-Muslim rhetoric in US campaigns is a widespread concern, reports the report, with many politicians spreading fake, bigoted and dangerous conspiracy theories.
Samara Klar is a lecturer at the University of Arizona School of Government and Public Policy where she studies how a person’s personal identity and social environment affect their political views.
Due to its research, Klar claims that the recent promotion of xenophobia and racism as a political strategy is considered “socially undesirable” and most Americans are unlikely to come out and publicly support such ” harmful and counterproductive “messages.
Why are candidates dependent on anti-Muslim and xenophobic messages to secure voices? Because President Trump relied on such strategies and won in 2016.
“It can be confusing for a candidate who sees Donald Trump using these explicitly xenophobic things and he wins, so maybe it will to work for me too, “says Klar.
Simpson predicted that this tactic will not only fail candidates in this election cycle, but will also introduce a precedent for future elections.
“Many of these candidates make an incorrect assumption because they saw Trump being chosen. And the false assumption is that anti-Muslim bigotry is popular. It’s not,” said Simpson.
“We know that candidates are always looking for what works, and we know that the 2018 election is a rehearsal for 2020.”