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Two women wearing hijabs say they were disinvited from Biden-Harris voting event

Two women say they were disinvited from a Biden-Harris voting event in Nevada and believe it’s because they were wearing hijabs.

A video posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, by the Nevadans for Palestinian Liberation shows a staffer at a Get the Vote Out event in Las Vegas telling the women they are not allowed to enter the event.

“We are choosing who’s going in and out of the event. I’m sorry,” the staffer tells the women in the video.

The women then ask why they are being singled out, noting that they had an invite to the event. The staffer continues to allow other people into the event as the women question him.

One of the women says, “They’re disinviting us because we have hijabs on our heads.”

The women in the video also call the staffer racist and Islamophobic.

“By a man who’s in the LGBT community too,” one of the women says.

A second staffer, a Black woman, also appears in the video to let the women know they have been disinvited.

“You are a Black woman, and you are coming up with excuses for racism,” one of the women tells the second staffer.

The video went viral online, receiving over 2 million views. The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a statement calling on Harris’ team to explain the situation.

“The American people deserve to know whether these women were profiled and barred from an event featuring Vice President Harris because they were visibly Muslim,” CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw said in a statement. “Throughout her term, Vice President Harris has been respectful in her interactions with American Muslims, even during a time of intense disagreement. We encourage Vice President Harris to take appropriate action to address this apparent incident of profiling.”

Ammar Moussa, the Director of rapid response for Joe Biden, wrote on X that the women were “among the group of people not allowed to attend Saturday’s event after previously disrupting and shutting down events with Democratic elected officials.”

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