Deedra Abboud, an attorney, is competing for the Democratic nomination for the US Senate in Arizona. She has never sought public office before. But she has become a fixture in national headlines – in part because of online vitriol generated by the fact she is a Muslim.
Abboud wears a headscarf. Slurs against her have included calling her a "towel head" and suggestions that Muslims should not serve in the US government.
Abboud told the Guardian she saw a "silver lining" in finally being noticed. But she also felt a familiar frustration. She is from Little Rock, Arkansas, as evidenced by her southern twang. Nonetheless, she has had to settle for being known as "the Muslim candidate".
"I wear a scarf, I don't want to hide it," she said. "It's something I want to take head-on. It's just sometimes I think it's relegated to only that."