Local Muslims and community leaders are denouncing comments made by two Republican presidential candidates.
Dozens took to the steps of the California Capitol, calling on Donald Trump and Ben Carson to apologize for what they’re calling anti-Islamic comments.
Several organizations, including the Sacramento NAACP, the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association, all gathered to denounce the two Republican presidential candidates.
“I’m proud to be an American, I’m proud to be a M uslim, and I’m proud to be a veteran of the United States Armed Forces,” Waseem Bawa said from a podium on the Capitol steps.
Bawa told FOX40 he served in the U.S. Army for years and can’t believe two candidates running for the nation’s highest office would speak so bluntly against those of his faith.
“We’re patriotic Americans just like everybody else and don’t deserve kind of this stereotypical understanding of who we are,” Bawa said.
The Sacramento Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, better known as CAIR, organized the rally, emphasizing their denouncement is not a partisan issue.
Bawa told FOX40 he appreciates what other GOP candidates are saying about Trump and Carson’s comments.
“I heard Senator Lindsay Graham talk about how 3,500 Muslims are currently serving in the U.S. military and defending our nation, and he is a conservative senator from South Carolina,” Bawa said.
FOX40 contacted the Republican Party of California about this story, but a spokesperson said the organization is not currently commenting on the presidential candidates.
FOX40 also reached out to the Sacramento County Republican Party but did not receive a response as of deadline.