City With Largest Percentage Of Arabs In US Voted For Sanders, Trump

Jonah Bennett | Contributor

The Arab capital of North America just voted for Bernie Sanders, a Jewish man, and Donald Trump as the preferred candidates in the Michigan primary Tuesday.

The city of Dearborn is 41 percent Arab, according to a 2010 census, and also has a massive Muslim population, yet 39 percent of those who voted in the Republican primary chose Donald Trump with 3,196 votes, compared to 30 percent who picked John Kasich as the second preferred candidate. On the Democratic side, Dearborn opted for Sen. Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton, at 60 percent to 40 percent.

Dearborn’s city council is composed mostly of Arabs, making it the only Arab-governed city in America.

Donald Trump has previously proposed introducing a temporary ban on all Muslim immigration to the United States. He has also discussed the possibility of a establishing a database that lists all Muslims currently living in the U.S., in addition to the more active measure of conducting surveillance on mosques.

The Boston Globe reported Monday, just a day before the primary, that an imam in a mosque located near Dearborn instructed congregants not to vote for a Republican.

Hassan Qazwini, the imam, compared Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler and accused him of stoking “hatred and bigotry.” Qazwini, 52, is leader of Dearborn’s Islamic Center of America, which is one of the nation’s largest mosques.

“I hope the people of this country will heed this warning,” Qazwini said, according to The Boston Globe.

A recent poll showed that 61 percent of Michigan Republicans responded in favor of Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigration until Islamic State and al-Qaida terror movements are better contained. Only 32 percent disagreed.

At a recent Trump rally at a community college in Warren, Michigan, security hauled out a Muslim who interrupted the event to yell, “Not all Muslims are terrorists!” Five protesters in total were ejected.

Trump’s response to the protesters? “Get ’em outta here!”

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