Democrat Ralph Northam visited a mosque in northern Virginia on Friday, urging worshippers there to vote in next week's gubernatorial election to reject the "hatred and bigotry" coming from Washington, D.C.
"I want to remind all of you that the U.S. is a country of immigrants," Northam, Virginia's lieutenant governor, told the men, women and children attending Friday prayers at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society. "We welcome people to this country. And the travel ban, the Muslim ban, is un-American, is unacceptable."
All Dulles Area Muslim Society is one of the largest mosques in the United States. It regularly hosts political candidates, but it does not endorse them. Ed Gillespie, Northam's Republican opponent, also stopped by to speak there this year.