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The head of the Connecticut Council of American-Islamic Relations is “concerned” that Donald Trump’s campaign opened up its state headquarters close to a mosque.
Trump’s campaign opened up a headquarters in Berlin, Conn., Tuesday ahead of the state’s primary on April 26 with 71 delegates at stake, the Record Journal reported. The Republican presidential candidate will be visiting Hartford Friday.
— Record-Journal (@Record_Journal) April 13, 2016
About three miles away from the New York billionaire’s headquarters is the mosque for the Islamic Association for Greater Hartford, which has drawn the ire of Mongi Dhaouadi, executive director for the Connecticut Council of American-Islamic Relations.
“Obviously we believe in free speech, and Mr. Trump has the right to organize anywhere,” Dhaouadi told the Record-Journal. “We are concerned though that they are a few miles away based on various things we’ve seen at rallies. We’ve seen violence and they are quite tense. We will continue to come to the mosque, and we will listen to everybody as long as the discourse is civil.”
CAIR’s Twitter account tweeted the Record Journal article:
#CAIR-CT Concerned About Trump Headquarters Near Mosque
Mongi Dhaouadi, executive director of the Connecticut… https://t.co/GroxGipODB
— CAIR National (@CAIRNational) April 13, 2016
Others didn’t see it the same way. Trump supporter John O’Brien told the Record-Journal that the campaign is aware of the nearby mosque and noted Berlin is a convenient location as it is central in the state.
“That had no effect [on their decision],” O’Brien said. “It’s just like having a Catholic church, like the one right there,” pointing west.
Twitter drew even more divided opinion on both sides:
@CAIRNational Good. Let them move out of CT.
— Cliff Williams (@chesepioc) April 14, 2016
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