(FRESNO, CA, 5/7/2020) – The Central California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CC) today condemned hate-filled social media posts that have now been deleted from the social media accounts of U.S. House candidate Ted Howze.

Howze is a Republican challenging Democratic Rep. Josh Harder for California’s 10th congressional district seat.

From January 2017 to March 2018, Howze’s Facebook and Twitter accounts reportedly shared posts calling Islam a “death cult” and that made fun of a Parkland high school shooting survivor – among other disturbing content. Howze asserts he did not post those comments.

In a statement, CAIR-CC Outreach Director Sukaina Hussain said:

“It is very distressing that over the course of more than a year, as he was gearing up for a political campaign, Ted Howze says he didn’t know that such hateful content was posted on his social media. As these are his accounts, the responsibility of what is posted on them lies with him. His lack of answers about who was posting and why it took him so long to remove the posts is also concerning. He needs to take full responsibility and be fully transparent about what occurred.”

CAIR-CC is an office of CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice and empower American Muslims.

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CONTACT: Communications Manager Kalin KIpling-Mojaddedi, 916-441-6269, kkipling@cair.com; Outreach Director Sukaina Hussain, 847-924-9592, s.hussain@cair.com