Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley became the first 2016 presidential candidate to visit a mosque while on the campaign trail. O’Malley, who is seeking the Democratic nomination, addressed Muslim-Americans at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center Mosque in Sterling, Va. on Friday.
During his speech, O’Malley expressed a message of solidarity, saying that the recent terror attacks carried out by Muslims don’t reflect on the community as a whole.
"In these times, I suppose -- where fear and division is in the air, it is easy for unscrupulous politicians or hate preachers -- no nation is immune from the scourge of hate preachers -- to turn us upon ourselves. But that sort of language that you hear from Donald Trump is not the language of America's future,” O’Malley said. “I know the language of America's future. I speak to our young people under 30 every day, and I rarely find among them any who feel like Donald Trump."
O’Malley said he knows that the nation’s young people understand that the tragic murders that took place in San Bernardino, Ca. don’t define Islam “any more than that horrible murder that took place in Charleston defines Christianity.”
"The world has never needed America to act like America more than right now,” O’Malley said. “To appreciate that we're all in this together -- that each of us a dignity and a freedom and a calling. And that each person is needed.”
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has come under fire for suggesting that all Muslims who are not U.S. citizens should be temporarily banned from entering the country.