How Republicans Won and Then Lost the Muslim Vote

Long before Donald Trump proposed banning Muslims from entering the United States, the GOP believed that Muslims were a natural constituency.


Even before Donald Trump called for a ban on Muslim immigration on Monday, it was a foregone conclusion that Republicans would lose the Muslim American vote on 2016. Now, the question is just how small a portion of the Muslim vote the eventual Republican candidate—be it Trump or someone else—receives. Yet this state of affairs is actually a relatively new development.

... George W. Bush, made a special effort to court Muslims during the 2000 campaign. That was in large part at the urging of Grover Norquist, the anti-tax crusader, who argued that because Muslims are a socially conservative, family-oriented, business-friendly group they are a natural GOP constituency. 

The American Muslim Alliance estimated that 60,000 Muslims voted for Bush in Florida, a state he won by mere hundreds of votes. “George W. Bush was elected president of the United States of America because of the Muslim vote,” Norquist boasted.

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