File - In this July 28, 2016, file photo, Khizr Khan, father of fallen Army Capt. Humayun Khan and his wife Ghazala speak during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Many Muslim Americans cringe at the way they have been portrayed by candidates during the presidential campaign – either as potential terrorists or as eyes and ears who can help the government's counterterrorism efforts.One of the campaign's more memorable moments for Muslim Americans unfolded at the Democratic National Convention in July, when a grieving Khizr Khan addressed delegates about his son, Humayun, an American soldier who was killed in Iraq.Huq and others said Trump's campaign has clearly been the more negative one, starting with his call to ban foreign Muslims from entering the U.S. as an anti-terrorism measure.In the second presidential debate in St. Louis, Trump answered a question about how to stop Islamophobia in America by saying American Muslims must report other Muslims who are engaging in dangerous behavior. Hillary Clinton did not escape censure from Muslim Americans, who said that the Democratic nominee's public remarks have primarily revolved around recognizing them for what they could do to support counterterrorism efforts.In New York, Ahsia Badi said the campaign rhetoric had also affected how non-Muslims interact with Muslims.
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