Muslim Group Wants Apology from Trump

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters before he delivers his message during a campaign rally at the state fair in Oklahoma City. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, rejected Trump's recent statements about Muslims, saying Israel "respects all religions" as he faced calls to call off an upcoming visit by the Republican front-runner. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)

UNDATED (AP) – A leading Muslim civil rights group is calling on GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump to apologize for his claim that Islam hates the west.

In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper that aired late Wednesday, Trump said: “I think Islam hates us.”

“There’s a tremendous hatred,” he added. “We have to get to the bottom of it. There is unbelievable hatred of us.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling on Trump to apologize for the comment and other recent remarks it deems Islamophobic.

CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad suggests Trump could do so at Thursday evening’s GOP debate.

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