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A high-ranking Muslim officer in political club Brooklyn Democrats for Change is a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump and his controversial immigration ban.

Kathy Khatari, the club’s vice president an Irish-Catholic Bay Ridgite who converted to Islam after marrying a Yemeni-American, defended The Donald’s order barring entry to the U.S. from citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries to the New York Times on Jan. 29, saying that she’d “take inconvenience for safety.”

The move could pose a problem for club founder and Democratic district leader Kevin Peter Carroll, who has just announced a run for term-limited Councilman Vincent Gentile’s Bay Ridge seat, according to a neighborhood Democratic operative.

“It’s problematic for that club and I would not be surprised if Kevin wanted to throw his hat in the ring, a campaign would make strong note of the fact that his club has a [vice] president who supports Donald Trump, and I think it would be hung around his neck and be a huge weight around him,” the source said.

But Carroll said the club welcomes different ideologies — even wildly different ones — and Khatari doesn’t speak for him or the club as a whole.

“There’s no litmus test when a person becomes active in our club,” Carroll said. “If you’re talking about the Democratic club as a whole, it was strongly for Hillary Clinton. The proof is in the pudding. Kathy doesn’t speak for Brooklyn Democrats for Change. I should be judged if I run for city council on what I do — not what people in an organization do. I think it’s wrong to equate my run for City Council based on what other people do.”

Club president Amanda Pizzuti is a “vocal proponent of Secretary Hillary Clinton and opposes President Trump’s recent executive orders,” according to club member Seamus Campbell.

Khatari did not respond to requests for comment.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

Posted 4:29 pm, February 9, 2017
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Irene from Bay Ridge says:
Wait, I'm confused, How can you run as a Democrat when your club endorsed Donald Trump? Is Kevin running as a Republican? I hope this reporter will answer my question
Feb. 9, 8:46 am
Frank from Dyker Heights says:
I'm a lifelong Democrat who voted for Donald Trump and I think he's doing a great job. If Carroll and his club can clean up 5th Avenue he has my vote.
Feb. 9, 9:17 am
Christopher from Bay Ridge says:
After eight years of having a "president" who is an embarrassment to this country, it feels good to have a president who loves the United States of America. If it delays everybody at the airport by a few minutes to keep the U.S. safe from terrorists, let Mr. Trump issue a thousand more executive orders.
Feb. 9, 9:51 am
frank from bay ridge says:
We all know that Kevin is a political opportunist who has done exactly nothing. This "political club" of his is just a vanity project.
Feb. 9, 11:24 am
Nan from Bay Ridge says:
How does Carroll win without Hynes?
Feb. 9, 11:39 am
ROSALIE907 from GRAVESEND says:
Tell me Christoper, in what way was Obama an "embarrassment?" In the past 3 weeks I am totally disgusted having Trump in the White House, the name is a total waste, who has already done a lot of damage to our country both here and abroad. Even the people in the UK don't want him there and they're our closest friends.
Feb. 9, 2:08 pm
Debbie S from Bay Ridge says:
I think she is very brave to come out like this, especially sice there are people like Linda Sansour and other Muslims that do not like Trump. She always had a strong will, Kind of like Trump does.
Feb. 9, 3:43 pm
Bay from Ridge says:
Kathy should be reminded that those who sacrifice freedom for safety deserve neither freedom nor safety.
Feb. 9, 3:49 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
Okay guys I have been reluctant to talk about politics in this matter because, generally speaking, people are not behaving nicely to alternate points of view. I too took a great interest in Donald Trump's campaign speeches and also felt pretty positive about them especially because I was definitely not a fan of Hillary Clinton. I wouldn't mind a woman president, just not that one. This question is to the Trump defenders. Trump says that he wants to return greatness to this country which I thought very favorable about but I'm just wondering his true intentions because apparently he surrounded himself with billionaires representing Wall Street, the oil company and the industrial military complex. So my question to supporters is how is he going to accomplish his promises when he surrounded himself with a very sane people that put this country in the shape it's in?
Feb. 9, 4:37 pm
Seamus Campbell from Brooklyn Heights says:
To respond to Irene, BDFC never endorsed Donald Trump. You can view all of our endorsements on our website at http://brooklyndemocratsforchange.org/endorsements/.
Feb. 9, 5:57 pm
Marty from Marine Park says:
Please, this woman converted to Islam Why are people taking anything she has to say seriously? She must be nuts.
Feb. 9, 8:15 pm
Meredith says:
Is this the same Kevin Carol who ran as a "reformer" and then voted to re-elect Vito Lopez as County Boss?

Is this the same Kevin who framed a senior citizen and had him locked up with the help of Joe Hynes?

Is that Kevin we're talking about?
Feb. 9, 9:08 pm
Joan Murray says:
SOMEBODY needs to tell me the facts and not the alternative facts because I just read that Kevin Carroll was a Trump delegate at the Convention???
Feb. 10, 8:30 am
Clare Maxwell from Bay Ridge says:
If a Democratic club cannot tolerate different opinions on issues, how can it be Democratic? Why do we have to vilify people we disagree with and call them crazy? I'm more interested in real facts about how Kevin Carrol has voted in the past and what he stands for if he is running to oppose Victor Gentile.
Feb. 10, 9:36 am
Mike from Bay Ridge says:
Kevin Carrol and Kathy Khatari were totally absent from the real fights when the actual Muslim Democratic club, led by Linda Sarsour, was fighting for the rights of the oppressed.

Run Linda Run!
Feb. 10, 9:52 am
Marty from Marine Park says:
@Mike

So Linda Sarsour fought for the rights of the oppressed? Do you mean to say that she has opposed the persecution of Christians, Bahais, Yazidis, and Jews who are routinely oppressed, and often killed, in Muslim majority countries? That Linda has marched to protest LGBT people being killed -- sometimes by being hurled from a rooftop before a baying mob of Muslims-- in Muslim majority countries. That Linda has protested Islamic misogyny against women, which includes "honor" killings, forced marriages, and restrictive social codes (which mandate covering themselves)? Or that Linda has opposed Islam's forceful repression of free speech and thought, which includes cruel treatment of those who try to leave that cult--the killing of "apostates"?

Linda is worse than a hypocrite. She is an oppressor adopting the false guise of a victim.
Feb. 10, 3:22 pm
Razor says:
I'd bet 6-7 falafels that Linda Sarsour is behind this hit job on Katie Khatari but the rumor is certainly spreading. I heard somebody on the R train today talking about Carroll being a Trump supporter. I could hardly believe my ears!
Feb. 10, 4:09 pm
Seamus says:
Not only is there a Trump connection to Kevin Carroll but there is also a Dan Donovan connection. Does anybody else remember the Ralph Perfetto "Cousin Vinny" case? The plot thickens...
Feb. 10, 6:30 pm
Marge says:
@Bob from Gerritsen - You asked a really good question that shows you have a good head on your shoulders. Notice how none of the Trumpers have an answer for you.
Feb. 10, 8:41 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
Thank you Marge :-)
Feb. 10, 11:02 pm
Benny from Park Slope says:
Hey, if she wants to support a ——-grabbing, mentally unstable, paranoid, thin-skinned, semi-literate serial bankrupt who was born on third base and can't stop trying to convince everyone he hit a triple -- and whose signature Executive Order has been deemed unconstitutional by people who have actually READ the Constitution and are willing to fight for our freedoms -- she's welcome to do so. Too bad her hero could resign tomorrow and STILL go down as the worst president in history. President Obama was Abe Lincoln and FDR and JFK rolled into one compared to Drumpf. Who the f%&$ was in office when we avoided the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression (which was brought on by a Repug's policies)? A liberal Dem, that's who.
Feb. 11, 11 am
elizabeth stingo from bay ridge says:
Most of the Democrats in this neighborhood are Republicans in disguise, anyway. A very nice young woman knocked at my door around the time of the primary and she was running for something local. Then I saw that she was endorsed by the local Republicans so I voted against her. Message to Kathy Khatari: you are very mixed up. You were raised a Catholic and the only reason you converted was because your husband wanted you to. I don't believe in conversion for marriage. Would you have wanted to be a Muslim if you hadn't married him? If you had converted for the love of the religion, that would have been another story. In addition, Trump's blanket statements about Muslims and women and his disregard of the Constitution and the ideals upon which this country was founded should make you want to work hard to oust him, not agree with him. SO maybe you're one of the people that all Americans should fear. What country can we send you back to?
Feb. 11, 4:42 pm
Christopher from Bay Ridge says:
@Benny It is probably not fruitful to attempt to debate with you re your opinion of "President" Obama. (Although an argument may be made that he sort of served as a president, historians will separate him from the others who served in that high office due to proofs which will come out re his secret pledge of loyalty to non-U.S. authorities as well as place of birth and numerous other issues.) Obama as a combination of Lincoln, FDR and JFK? What color is the sky in your universe?
Mr. Trump, who may be said to be a combination of George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt, MLK and JPII, is the greatest thing to happen to my beloved America since Mr. Jefferson took the oath of office. Envious fools like you would rather criticize the great than learn how to even be good. Silly and small though you are, I defend your right to your crude opinions. I do not defend your right to slander a fine and dignified and charitable who does not meet your facile PC mindset.
Feb. 12, 11:08 am
Sylvia says:
Respectfully, this article's headline is incredibly irresponsibly worded. You can hide behind capitalization or the content of the article, but the headline effectively implies that a leader of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York is a Trump supporter. Given how active the leadership of that club has been in organizing resistance to the Trump agenda, from the Women's March to the JFK protests to #GetOrganizedBK, this misleading headline is either the height of tone-deaf carelessness, or a particularly craven attempt to drive clicks.
Feb. 13, 10:09 pm
Damon says:
Respectfully, Kevin has no shot and no friends. His club's executive board are all related. It's a very sad and incestuous situation. Kevin the kid is 28 years old and has more enemies than most octogenarians. There's got to be a reason he is so broadly disliked.
Feb. 14, 10:55 pm

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