By Ali Abazeed and Bilal Baydoun

For Michigan Democrats, winning trumps all. But the fixation on victory, forgivable for the minority party in the Trump era, has caused Democrats to bypass the party’s core ideal of inclusion. Whether stated bluntly or dressed in allusions to “viability,” a tired refrain persists within the party’s leadership: Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, a gubernatorial candidate who happens to be Muslim, can’t win in a general election due to his faith. Democrats who fancy themselves gatekeepers of political viability urge El-Sayed to surrender to this myth, rather than the will of voters.

In an interview that…

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