WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Emgage Political Action Committee (PAC), which calls itself the largest Muslim political action committee in the country, announced its endorsement of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) this past week, citing his “inclusive” campaign.
“More than any other presidential candidate, Senator Sanders has built a historically inclusive and forward-thinking movement: One that represents America as a set of ideas grounded in the belief that all humans are equal and worthy of a dignified life,” Wa’el Alzayat, Emgage’s CEO, said in a statement according to The Hill.
The organization, which is based in Washington, D.C. and also has a branch in Michigan, said it hoped the endorsement would encourage more Muslim voters to get out to the polls.
“Our endorsement is intended to galvanize Muslim Americans at the polls to ensure that our voices are heard,” Alzayat added. “Furthermore, we hope that this endorsement marks a new era of presidential candidates, including Muslim American voices in the political process, and policy-making decisions.”
The endorsement of Sanders was made after a “comprehensive evaluation” of the 2020 contenders and a survey of Emgage’s members.
“It is an honor to receive this endorsement from Emgage Action,” Sanders said in a statement.
“While Donald Trump has demonized our Muslim communities, our movement is working to bring Muslims and people of all backgrounds into the political system. Together we will create an economy, justice system and immigration system that are rooted in human rights for all.”
Sanders has worked to appeal to Muslim voters during his campaign and previously attended a forum co-hosted by Emgage at the Islamic Society of North America’s annual convention.
He has gained the endorsements of U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), the first two Muslim women elected to the House.