Minnesotans could stand proud after hearing the testimony of Rep. Keith Ellison at Peter King’s “radical Islam” hearing. But another Minnesota Representative got into the spotlight, too — Freshman Congressman Chip Craavack, who got attention for calling the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) “basically…a terrorist organization.”
Via Talking Points Memo:
Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN) continued on the theme that Reps. Peter King (R-NY) Frank Wolf (R-VA) started on earlier today at King’s hearings on the “Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community’s Response” by attacking the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
But Cravaack upped the rhetorical ante a bit, referring to CAIR as “basically… a terrorist organization” and asking Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca — hypothetically — if he would continue to work with CAIR if he “knew that CAIR was a terrorist organization sponsored by Hamas.”
“Let me answer this way,” Baca said in response to the accusations, “if the FBI has something to charge CAIR with, bring those charges forward and try them in court and deal with it that way.”
Attempting to link CAIR and terrorism appeared to be a key goal of the hearing, with Rep. King calling CAIR an “unidicted co-conspirator” of radical Islamists more than a dozen times, and at one point even noting that Rep. Ellison worked closely with the organization in an attempt to hurt Ellison’s credibility as well.