Clinton says Muslims have been in America since George Washington

Hillary Clinton, Donald TrumpA Muslim woman at the second presidential debate asked Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton how they would help millions of Muslims in the United States “deal with the consequences of being labeled as a threat to the country.”

Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, said that Muslims have to report problems, because “if they don’t do that, it’s a very difficult situation for our country.” And Clinton, his Democratic rival, won’t use the term “radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump said, which we have said is misleading.

Clinton said she wanted Muslims to feel included in the country, “part of our homeland security.”

“We’ve had Muslims in America since George Washington,” Clinton said. “And we’ve had many successful Muslims. We just lost a particular well-known one with Muhammad Ali.”

We wondered about Clinton’s remarks about Muslims being in America since the nation’s first president, more than 200 years ago.

There are about 2.75 million Muslims in America, according to estimates by Pew Research Center. Islam is the second-largest religion in the world after Christianity and the fastest growing.


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