Trump Camp Advertises Sikh Man Who’s Not Backing Him As A Muslim Supporter

Voters across Ohio might be heartened to know that for all of Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric, his campaign managed to find at least one man of the Muslim faith to advertise his support of the Republican nominee.

But Gurinder Singh Khalsa is not Muslim. He is not a Trump supporter. And he says he did not give the Trump campaign permission to use his image on a mailer.

“I am not Muslim and I am not supporting Trump,” Singh Khalsa told WTHR in Central Indiana on Monday. “He is putting my picture, saying Muslims support him and I have nothing to do with it. I don’t support Trump. Nobody even asked me to put that picture there. It was shocking, disturbing and this will create more confusion among people because they are sending it nationwide.”

Singh Khalsa runs “Sikhs PAC,” a political action committee dedicated to educating people that Sikhs aren’t Muslim, according to the report.

Sikhs are often confused as Muslim due to the Dastar, or turban, that many in the religion wear, which looks similar to some types of Muslim headwear.

WTHR reported that the Trump campaign told the station it regrets any confusion and is looking to rectify the problem.

There appears to be some confusion within the Trump campaign about the mailer, however. On Saturday, campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks told the Huffington Post “our campaign does not recognize” the flyer, which the site reported read “Paid for by Donald Trump for President, Inc” at the bottom. On Tuesday, Hicks repeated to the site that the flier was “not official campaign collateral.”

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