A Pakistani-born doctor announced Wednesday that he is joining the 2018 race for lieutenant governor of California, US on a platform of saving the Affordable Care Act, providing free community college education and fighting what he termed “Donald Trump’s hate.”
“President Trump continues to attack people like me: immigrants, people of colour and Muslims,” Dr Asif Mahmood said at a news conference in front of the downtown federal building in Los Angeles that houses a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office.
Dr Mahmood belongs to the Ahmadiya community, according to a news publication that deals with the community’s affairs.
“I say President Trump has it all wrong. It’s time to get tough on hate. California must be the leader of the Trump resistance, and I will fight him every step of the way.” The pulmonologist said he came to the United States because he wanted his family to live in a place “that celebrates diversity and tolerance.”
Born in a small, rural village, Mahmood moved to Kentucky in the 1990s to complete medical school. He came to Southern California in 2000 and lives near Los Angeles with his wife and three teenage children. As a first-time candidate, Mahmood’s challenge is to build a statewide coalition, potentially anchored to civil rights..—AP