The HuffPost published an article on Saturday highlighting the great strides American Muslims have made to get elected, but with one glaring omission.
The article, titled “Midterm American Muslims No Longer Long-Term Candidates,” suggests that Muslims are more motivated than ever to run for offices across the country despite “hateful rhetoric and policies of former President Trump.
“A record 181 candidates who identify as Muslim appeared on 2020 ballots in 28 states and Washington, D.C., according to a report by Jetpac, the Council on American-Islamic Relations and Mpower Change, an organization of social justice,” wrote HuffPost reporter Rowaida Abdelaziz. . “The report, released on Wednesday, analyzes the 2020 campaigns of Muslim American candidates, 80 of whom were ultimately elected. In contrast, 49 Muslim candidates were elected to public office in 2019 and 57 were elected in 2018.”
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Abdelaziz highlighted the political prospects of Abdelnasser Rashid, a Democrat who is running for state representative from Illinois midterm this year after failing two previous bids for other positions.
Progressive activist turned Democratic candidate Nabilah Islam, who is running for the Georgia State Senate, was also mentioned.
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“We definitely need more Muslim candidates to run for office, especially when it comes to local government, because many of these issues affect our daily lives,” Islam told HuffPost. “It’s also about building a bench. Building that infrastructure is key.”
However, GOP candidate for the Pennsylvania Senate, Dr. Mehmet Oz, who could go down in history next Tuesday as the first Muslim to be elected to the US Senate, is not mentioned once in the article.
Critics pointed to the glaring omission on social media.
“This story of Muslim candidates in 2022 misses the candidate who could become the highest elected Muslim in American history: Mehmet Oz,” tweeted journalist Zaid Jilani.
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“SO STRANGE,” reacted conservative commentator Mary Katharine Ham sarcastically.
“Weird huh,” wrote Versus Media Podcast host Stephen L. Miller similarly.
A HuffPost spokesperson declined to comment.
Oz has increasingly tightened the polls against his Democratic rival, AP Lt. Gov. John Fetterman. According to the RealClearPolitics poll average, Fetterman only has a 1.5 point advantage over Oz.
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Pennsylvania’s Senate race, one of the nation’s most-watched midterm contests, has become the center of a political storm following Fetterman’s debate performance, which left Democrats worried that his recovery from a stroke leaves voters undecided in the final weeks of the campaign pulling the lever for Oz.