Deedra Abboud, the Democratic candidate running against Republican Jeff Flake in Arizona, has gained some popularity lately. She posted a campaign message on Facebook featuring an image of the U.S. Constitution speaking about the separation of church and state. Many enjoyed the message, but others responded with horrifically insulting and threatening comments. She was quickly inundated with a wave of racist vulgarity.
Here are a few of the comments she received:
“F*** you Muslim b****.”
“Nice try but your first love is Satan (AKA Allah) and your second love is to a litter box your ‘people’ come from. You are as American as Chinese checkers.”
“BAN ISLAM IN THE USA…WE HATE YOUR FILTHY DEATH CULT”
“Sorry no room for Muslims in our government. Nice try though you are quoting the Muslim brotherhood.”
Her opponent, Senator Flake, saw these comments and gave a surprising response. He tweeted “Hang in there @deedra2018. Sorry you have to put up with this. Lots of wonderful people across AZ. You’ll find them.” He spoke out against bigotry toward Muslims and stood up for his political opponent. Those who know more about Senator Flake are less surprised by this, since he has regularly come to the defense of Muslim Americans, and he has spoken out against Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric many times in the past.
Republicans need to follow this man’s example. Regardless of political affiliation or religion, we should be speaking out against bigotry and attacks against our fellow Americans. He didn’t care that Abboud is a Democratic or a Muslim. Instead, he realized that she is an American first, and that we should respect and stand up for each other. Abboud recognized this as well, tweeting in response, “Thank you @JeffFlake for leadership in rejecting behavior that doesn’t reflect our American values. AZ’s amazing people deserve more than this.” We should all strive to make political discourse as respectful as these two have.