A leading Muslim advocacy group is calling for Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race MORE to apologize after a Muslim woman was ejected from his rally in South Carolina on Friday night. 

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“The image of a Muslim woman being abused and ejected from a political rally sends a chilling message to American Muslims and to all those who value our nation’s traditions of religious diversity and civic participation,” said Nihad Awad, the executive director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), in a statement. 

“Donald Trump should issue a public apology to the Muslim woman kicked out of his rally and make a clear statement that American Muslims are welcome as fellow citizens and as participants in the nation’s political process,” Nihad added. 

A Muslim woman was escorted out of Trump’s rally after she stood up in silent protest as the billionaire suggested Syrian refugees fleeing a civil war were associated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. 

Awad in December acknowledged a "sense of anxiety" in the Muslim community after Trump called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States.