Muslim Congressmen: Election Year Politics Fuels Anti-Muslim Rhetoric
Reps. Ellison and Carson urge Muslims to get involved politically this year

Indiana Rep. Andre Carson greets a young constituent during during a gathering in Indianapolis in April. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

As the presumptive GOP nominee, Donald Trump may have elevated anti-Muslim rhetoric to new prominence this year. But the two Muslim members of Congress want Americans to know that it’s not just Trump.

“Anti-Muslim hate spikes with the presidential cycle,” said Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison, the first Muslim member of Congress, at an event at the National Press Club Tuesday.