First Muslim campaign manager speaks from heart about Trump’s 2016 win | National


MANCHESTER — As the first Muslim and Pakistani-American to manage a major presidential campaign, Faiz Shakir will never forget how he felt at learning Donald Trump had been elected president in November 2016.

“To see him get elected, it was a moment that lasted a few painful days, it was like a personal slap in the face. There are people telling me I don’t belong,” Shakir said during an interview with the Union Leader.

“He says we should ban them, we shouldn’t be in government that we are threats to the nation. He said he wouldn’t even hire one for his campaign. I would hope people would never vote for somebody like this as an individual but they did and we moved on as a country.”

In 2016, Shakir was an adviser to Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders who crushed…



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