Mirriam Seddiq, an American Muslim immigrant, wants to thank Donald Trump.

“A lot of us who have been sleeping, we’re not anymore. A lot of us who assumed we were living in a post-racial America realize that we don’t and it’s gotten us galvanized.”

Seddiq wasn’t planning to vote in this election year, disillusioned by both polarizing candidates Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. Then she saw Trump’s reaction to Captain Humayun Khan’s parents, Khizr and Ghazala, at the Democratic convention.

Speaking to George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week,” Trump remarked on Ghazala Khan’s silence saying, “If you look at his wife, she was standing there, she had nothing to say, she probably — maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say, you tell me.”

Seddiq’s response? “I wanted to say what do you mean are we allowed to speak? Yes, we’re going to speak.”

She was inspired to create a new Political Action Committee, the American Muslim Women PAC, which is looking to effect change by setting up local voter registration drives. The PAC, only two-weeks old, has raised a few thousand dollars, but aims to bring in millions for ad buys. The PAC will also promote candidates that will represent their interests.

American Muslims make up 1 percent of the population, however they are concentrated in key swing states such as Florida, Ohio and Virginia. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, an advocacy group, has also released a report showing a 64 percent increase in Muslim voter registration from 2012.

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