Also attending the dinner is Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison of Minneapolis. Ellison was the first Muslim elected to U.S. Congress.
From the White House Monday night:
"President Obama will continue a White House tradition by hosting an Iftar in observance of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan ... This year's dinner will have a special focus on young leaders and women, some of whom will be seated at the president's table this evening."
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."