New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) on Monday compared President Trump's hard-line immigration policies to "a jihad."
Cuomo, who is facing a challenge from the left in his campaign for reelection in November, drew the parallel during a visit to Puerto Rico.
The Muslim Democratic Club of New York (MDCNY) on Tuesday released a statement calling on Cuomo to apologize for his improper use of the term.
"Trump's anti-immigrant agenda is rooted in white nationalism, racism, and xenophobia," said Sadaf Mehdi, MDCNY board secretary, in the press release. "Governor Cuomo's comparison of it to a 'jihad' only perpetuates the Islamophobic trope that acts of violence are somehow a Muslim invention."