Saba Ahmed, founder of the Republican Muslim Coalition, told ABC News that she will be carefully watching the debate “to see which candidate understands that Islam is not terrorism.”
“He’s using fear tactics,” said Ahmed. And while she said her coalition has been pleased with how some Republicans have come out in support of Muslim Americans, she fears others are missing the important and valuable role members of her faith could actually play in homeland security.
Just before appearing on Fox News Nov. 18, Saba Ahmed sat in the makeup room tinkering with her hijab, a headscarf worn by Muslim women. She had originally planned to don a purple hijab with an American flag scarf around her shoulders to show her patriotism. But at the last minute she wrapped the stars and stripes garment around her head.
This week, Saba Ahmed donned an American flag hijab to debate Donald Trump's advisor on the conservative news network. We talked to her about Islamophobia, the social media reaction to this segment, and why she became a Republican in 2012.