Facing off against one of America's leading conservative radio hosts recently, Saba Ahmed, the head of the Republican Muslim Coalition, tried to keep her cool.
No, the Koran did not advise Muslims to kidnap people or condone the murder of women and children, Ms Ahmed calmly told Sean Hannity. No, most Muslims did not support Isis. Yes, the recent events in Mali and Paris had been "absolutely horrifying".
After the interview Ms Ahmed hung up the phone and sighed. "They purposely set you up to boil you and to show just another angry Muslim. Any normal person would get angry and react emotionally so I try to stay as calm as I can."
A self-identified Muslim Republican who has helped organise a fundraiser for former House speaker John Boehner and gone on Fox News dressed in an American flag hijab, Ms Ahmed says she is among tens of thousands of Muslim Americans who would vote for a Republican presidential candidate — if only the party would give them a reason to.