Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz will bring a Muslim-American doctor Mohsin Jaffer of Weston, as her guest to President Obama's last State of the Union address Jan. 12.
In a press release announcing her choice, Wasserman Schultz mentioned "hateful rhetoric" against Muslim Americans including an "outrageous suggestion" to create a national registry. That's a jab at GOP frontrunner Donald Trump -- although she didn't name him. Here is what Trump actually said about a database of Muslim Americans -- as PolitiFact noted many of his comments in November were contradictory or confusing.
From a press release:
Over the past few weeks there has been an alarming rise in hateful rhetoric against Muslim Americans and people of the Islamic faith worldwide. Leading political figures have made offensive and outrageous suggestions that we should create a national registry of all people of one particular faith and that we should prevent any person of that faith from even entering this great country.
To combat these hateful comments Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) and her colleague, Rep. Keith Ellison from Minnesota invited other members of Congress to consider bringing a Muslim-American constituent as their guest to the President’s State of the Union Address on January 12, 2016. Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s guest is Dr. Mohsin Jaffer of Weston. He has specialized in the medical care of families and seniors in South Florida for nearly 30 years. He received his medical degree from the University of Miami in 1987.
Wasserman Schultz, who represents parts of Broward and Miami-Dade counties, will hold a press conference at Weston City Hall Monday with Jaffer.
Here are who other members of the Florida delegation are bringing:
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio: Conner MacFarlane, an Oviedo native whose father was killed as an Army reservist in Afghanistan.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson: His daughter Nan Helen.
U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Miami: Tara M. Parks, president of Families Affected by Gun Violence
U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach: Nezar Hamze, Regional Operations Director for CAIR Florida (The Council on American-Islamic Relations).
U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter: Civil rights attorney Daryl Parks who has represented the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.
U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz Balart, R-Miami: Father-in-law Phil Bakes
U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami Gardens: Jeff Tweedy, president of Jeff Tweedy Corp. who has given clothing to graduates of 5,000 Role Models of Excellence