Five years ago, Saba Ahmed, a Pakistan-born American Muslim, was running for the US congress as a Democrat. Today, she is a proud supporter of Donald Trump.

"He's an outsider, he has the leadership experience," says Saba, 31, a lawyer for the US patent and trademark office who switched to the Republican Party in 2012.

Saba's decision to vote for Mr Trump seems astonishing. The Republican presidential candidate is infamous for his anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric on the campaign trail, with many accusing him of using these communities as a populist punch bag. In December, he proposed banning Muslims from entering the US altogether.

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