Aisha Yaqoob: I support Bernies position on healthcare, minorities, trade, and a whole lot else. Photograph: Aisha Yaqoob
Hillary and Bernie have both responded to the xenophobic comments from some of the Republican candidates. I dont think most people understand how important their comments are. Without figureheads like them speaking out, perhaps people would not notice how ridiculous Cruz and Trumps comments are, she adds. I appreciate [former Democratic candidate] Martin OMalleys visit to a mosque early on in his campaign; even though hes no longer running I have to give him credit for that.
But not all Muslims are anti-Republican. Despite his dislike of some Republican nominees, Omar (who preferred not to give his last name) from Washington DC says he wholeheartedly supports the party. He believes Republican party ideals have helped his family succeed.
My father came from an extremely poor village in Syria with no money and has been able to achieve success in this country and the American dream, he says. The party was founded for the sole reason to end slavery and Trumps xenophobic statements go completely against Republican and American values. Jeb Bush [a former Republican candidate], for example, wants those on the bottom to rise up. He also supported a no fly zone the creation of a moderate rebel force to fight both Assad and Isis, as well as ending the deal with Irans regime which backs Assad a policy that would have helped many of my cousins fleeing by boat to Europe.
I think a lot of Muslim Americans are not paying attention to the things that the mainstream Republican party is saying. While politicians like Trump and Cruz are getting all the attention, the majority in the House and Senate or in governorships across the country are saying a lot of stuff theyd actually agree with.
Omar praises Bushs rejection of anti-Muslim sentiment, and what he calls the former candidates comprehensive plan to fight terrorism.
Unlike other Republican candidates Bush said it was totally appropriate for Obama to visit a mosque and said the only issue was why he didnt visit one sooner, he says of a February visit to a Baltimore mosque that was criticized by some Republicans. He has been consistently firm in rejecting anti-Muslim rhetoric whether by Trump or other Republicans, as well as disgusting ideas such as carpet bombing Isis and killing civilians that people like Ted Cruz have proposed, Omar says.
Bush dropped out of the nomination race in late February after losing in South Carolina. He endorsed Cruz for the nomination a month later.
I think Bush endorsed Cruz to stop Trump, says Omar. Lindsey Graham, one of my favourite senators, said that the choice between Trump and Cruz was the choice between being poisoned or being shot. If Cruz gets enough delegates the Republicans will go to a contested convention where it is possible that neither Trump or Cruz win. I think there are a lot of Republicans who want no candidate to reach the 1237 so there is a contested convention.
Inas Younis, a 42-year-oldwriter from Kansas City, supports Sanders. Although she is keen to emphasise that she isnt a socialist but believes America needs a president with a moral compass.
Muslims are bewildered by Trumps rise in power. If I vote for Bernie it will be for one reason only: a less experienced man with a moral compass is better than a brilliant statesman without one. I was born in Iraq, so I have an almost immediate visceral hatred towards anything that is socialist or collectivist in any way. The laws that restrain government are the laws that have freed me. But I am still drawn to Bernie in spite of his more socialistic tendencies simply because is an honest man of principle.
The other candidates might be better equipped but if they are more inclined to play politics then to live by principle, what good are all their qualifications? We are at a point in our countrys history where the only way to reinstate our national principles is to elect a man with principle, she says.
Sanders supporter Farzana Waseeq from Los Angeles, believes that Sanders holds a genuine distaste for anti-Muslim sentiment and believes it to be based on racism and ignorance.
He publicly stands against all injustice and prejudice, which I believe to be exceptionally respectable. Hillary Clinton has also been taking steps to ensure that Muslim voices are heard, holding a roundtable with Mayor Eric Garcetti and my former supervisor Salam al-Maryati, on community engagement in defeating anti-Muslim rhetoric as well as fundamentalists abroad.
It worries me that Trump is popular with the American public, but unfortunately it is more than a racist epidemic. Those who are voting for him suffered the most during the 2008 economic crisis, and want somebody to blame. Trumps rhetoric points plenty of fingers and gives them options. However, does this excuse their support for him? Absolutely not.
I am a bit of an optimist, so I have faith in the global public and in the assumption that the majority of people do not hate Muslims or believe Islam to be a truly violent religion and, or political philosophy. Anything that is learned can eventually be unlearned she says.