After a divisive presidential campaign, Donald Trump became the 45th US president-elect, securing the 270 electoral votes needed to win the election on Tuesday night. Muslim Americans greeted the news with a mixture of emotions, with some reacting positively and others with great concern.
The leader of the Republican Muslim Coalition, Saba Ahmed, told Al Jazeera that she is super-excited that Republican candidate Donald Trump had won the presidency.
Muslims in this country should become “more proactive and have strategic outreach to the Republicans,” she said. “We cannot afford to remain partisan and support only the Democratic Party.”
But for Moussa ElBayoumi, who heads the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) branch in the state of Kansas, Trump’s win is unsettling due to the anti-Muslim sentiments he expressed during his presidential campaign.
Elbayoumi called on president-elect Trump “to respect the United States constitution and the values upon which it is built”.