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Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. speaks to members of the media as he walks to a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday, July 13, 2017. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. plans to roll out the GOP's revised health care bill, pushing toward a showdown vote next week with opposition within the Republican ranks. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Jeff Flake defended his potential challenger after she was cyberbullied for being Muslim


Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) stood up for his potential Democratic challenger Deedra Abboud after people attacked her on Facebook for being Muslim.

The attacks came after Abboud posted about what the founders envisioned for the U.S. constitution. She wrote that "the Founding Fathers decreed that this nation would separate church and state" and that "government would be free from religious overreach, and religion would be free from government interference. "

"Sorry no room for Muslims in our government," one Facebook user wrote. "Nice try though you are quoting the Muslim brotherhood."

"If you people vote for her, you are nuts!!!!!" another user said. "This is just one more step for the muslims!!!!!!!"

Abboud, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, is running in the August 2018 Democratic primary for Flake's Senate seat. Flake took to Twitter on Tuesday night to defend Abboud.

Abboud thanked Flake in a response to his tweet.

Abboud told Circa that there needs more people like Flake who are willing to denounce these types of attacks.

"We have ignored these bullies into empowerment," she said. "We need leaders to stand up and say that this behavior is un-American."

Although Abboud has been targeted by people online for being Muslim since she announced her campaign in April, she said the attacks will not deter her from using social media to express herself.

"They want to shut me down, they want to shut all of us down," she said. "But that won't happen."

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