Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, sought support from Muslim Americans during an online summit Monday.
Watch the event in the video player above.
“We all come from the same root here in terms of our fundamental basic beliefs. And I just want to thank you for giving me the opportunity, for being engaged, for committing to action this November,” Biden said from his home in Wilmington, Delaware.
“You’re doing what’s been, that’s never been done before. You’re registering and turning out one million Muslim voters this November. It matters. Your voice. Your voice is your vote. Your vote is your voice. Muslim American voices matter.”
The remarks came during Emgage Action’s online summit called “Million Muslim Votes,” which aimed to boost Muslim turnout in November.
This comes as several prominent Muslim American elected officials endorsed Biden for president in a letter organized by Emgage Action ahead of the summit.
Among those signing the letter, obtained by Associated Press, were Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and Indiana Rep. Andre Carson, all Democrats.
Omar, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, served as a high-profile surrogate for Bernie Sanders before he exited the presidential race in April – making her support for Biden potentially helpful as the former vice president seeks to mobilize Muslim voters this fall.
The pro-Biden letter from Muslim American elected officials decried a number of President Donald Trump’s domestic and international policies, including his administration’s ban on travelers from several predominantly Muslim countries and his pullout from the Iran nuclear deal.
The Muslim American officials also praised Biden’s agenda for their communities. Among other goals, Biden has vowed to rescind the Trump administration’s travel ban affecting Muslims “on day one” if he’s elected.