While the Republicans stand strong on the Christian deity, they also allegedly adopted an anti-Sharia platform targeting the religious practices of Muslims this year. The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) asked them to remove it, but the Republicans refused. Thus, the increase in Muslim and Arab-American delegates at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) this year is attributed to the Republicans anti-Muslim platform and according to the CAIR website and the Rightwing Watch site, the GOP said they will inspire laws targeting Islam.
Eight years ago, an estimated 25 Muslim and Arab-Americans attended the DNC and in 2008, 43 attended. This year at least 100 Muslim and Arab-Americans attended the DNC and very few attended the Republican National Convention (RNC).
“The more than doubling of Muslim delegates at this year's Democratic National Convention is a direct result of their hard work and grassroots organizing within the Democratic Party,” said CAIR’s government affairs coordinator, Robert McCaw. “It is also a sign of the American Muslim community's growing civic engagement and acceptance in the Democratic Party."
This year, CAIR made efforts to encourage American Muslims to participate in the election and connect with candidates by volunteering, registering to vote, and mobilizing those in the community to vote. McCaw stated that with a larger number of Muslim voters in swing states, such as Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, they could be potentially influential in deciding the next president.