Posted on December 08, 2015 in Action Alerts

The 2016 election cycle has seen an unprecedented amount of hateful rhetoric. In September, the Arab American Institute joined 45 other civil rights and community based advocacy organizations and wrote to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz to express our deep concern regarding the divisive rhetoric used by some presidential candidates seeking America’s highest public office.

Citing ugly and dangerous anti-Muslim rhetoric used by some candidates, we called on the national committee chairs to categorically reject this type of bigotry and state on the record that it is incompatible with our country’s founding principles. We asked that they publicly speak out against those in their parties who promote bigotry and hateful rhetoric. 

While the Democratic National Committee responded to our concerns, the Republican National Committee did not.

When asked about Donald Trump's most recent comments, RNC Chairman Priebus stated: "I don't agree." For the leader of the RNC, that's not enough. 

The 2016 election cycle has seen an unprecedented amount of hateful rhetoric, we believe it is time that Chairman Priebus take a stand and condemn this bigotry by confronting it head on. Other Republican leaders and presidential candidates have taken a public stand against those in his party that wish to divide us and use hateful rhetoric for political gain.

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Please click here to send a letter to Chairman Priebus asking that he categorically reject bigotry and state on record that it is incompatible with our country’s founding principles.