President Barack Obama’s mosque visit from last week was received with mixed reactions, the Muslim community praising his decision, but also claiming that it came too late in the same time. Like expected, the candidates for the White House race also had something to say, one of them being Senator Marco Rubio, who criticized the visit.
Are Muslims really discriminated?
“Look at today — he gave a speech at a mosque,” he said Wednesday. “Oh, you know, basically implying that America is discriminating against Muslims. Of course, there’s going to be discrimination in America of every kind. But the bigger issue is radical Islam. And by the way, radical Islam poses a threat to Muslims themselves,” states The Washington Post.
Marco Rubio’s declaration was made during this Saturday’s Republican debate, when moderator David Muir asked him if President Obama’s mosque visit was perceived different than George W. Bush’s, who also visited a mosque. The Senator previously accused the President of “pitting people against each other”.
“I would, but that’s not — my problem with what he did is he continues to put out this fiction that there’s widespread systematic discrimination against Muslim Americans,” the Senator replied, continuing to talk about the President’s mosque visit.
The polls reveal different opinions on the topic
The fact that Marco Rubio believes that Americans don’t experience discrimination is a popular idea among Republicans, which are less likely to think that discrimination against Muslims exists.
Back in December, the results of a poll conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News revealed that more than a third of the questioned Republicans thought that Muslims aren’t dealing with discrimination. Also, a third of those who said that Muslims are being discriminated consider it’s justified.
On the other side, 83 percent of the questioned Democrats said that Muslims are experiencing discrimination.