Almost three times as many Muslims voted for Donald Trump in this presidential election than they did for fellow Republican Mitt Romney four years ago.
According to an exit poll conducted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, 13 percent of Muslims voted for Trump and 74 percent voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton. In 2012, President Barack Obama received 85.7 percent of the Muslim vote and Romney received 4.4 percent.
During his campaign, Trump talked about temporary stopping the flow of Muslims entering the United States until a better screening process could be put in place over terrorism fears. That idea ruffled the feathers of many Democrats and even some Republicans.
There has also been talk of a Muslim registry, although Trump's transition team has said that would not be implemented.
It is unclear whether the increase in Muslims voting for the Republican presidential candidate had more to do with Trump or a dislike of what Clinton had to say.
"Muslims were more energized and engaged this election than ever before, turning out in record numbers," CAIR's director of its government affairs department Robert McCaw said.
In one example, former Wall Street Journal reporter Asra Q. Nomani — the founder of the Muslim Reform Movement — supported Trump and even made a video about it.
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