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Fallout Continues From Bachmann’s Anti-Muslim McCarthyism

Fallout Continues From Bachmann’s Anti-Muslim McCarthyism

 

The firestorm surrounding allegations by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., of Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the State Department continues to grow, but the right-wing firebrand shows no sign of backing down.

Despite criticism from fellow Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Bachmann doubled down on her allegations, and added a claim that Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., is also affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Meanwhile, the target of Bachmann’s initial attack, Huma Abedin, was receiving heightened security protection after unspecified threats.

The controversy erupted when Bachmann and four other Republican members of the House of Representatives demanded an investigation into a purported plot by the Muslim Brotherhood, a multinational political party that believes in governing using the principles of Islamic Law, to place agents into the U.S. government.

As evidence, Bachmann cited a video report by anti-Muslim activist Frank Gaffney, who served as an adviser to Bachmann during her campaign for president. Among its many claims, the report argues that conservative activist Grover Norquist aided the Muslim Brotherhood in their quest to “achieve information dominance over the George W. Bush administration.”

On Thursday, Bachmann also charged that Ellison, whose congressional district borders Bachmann’s, has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. In an interview with Glenn Beck, Bachmann said that Ellison had “a long record of being associated with CAIR [the Council on American-Islamic Relations] and with the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Ellison, the first Muslim to be elected to Congress, said he was unsurprised that Bachmann would target him.

“I knew that sooner or later she would get around to accusing me,” Ellison said, according to a report by the Star Tribune.

Ellison told CNN that Bachmann “wanted attention,” and was trying to marginalize Muslim Americans.

Bachmann offered no evidence that Ellison had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, and Ellison said he had no connection to the organization.

Abedin Under Heightened Security

Abedin, meanwhile, was under a higher level of security after unspecified threats made against her.

Abedin, the deputy chief of staff for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., was allegedly threatened by a Muslim man after Bachmann issued her call for investigation of Abedin.

Bachmann has alleged that Abedin has close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, but her evidence is tenuous at best. CAIR spokesperson Corey Saylor said that the allegations amounted to “a ‘six degrees of separation’ drinking game.”

Republicans Condemn Bachmann

A series of Republican officials continued to denounce Bachmann. John Boehner joined previous condemnations by Bachmann’s former campaign manager, Ed Rollins, as well as attacks by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. and Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass.

“I think accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous,” Boehner said Thursday. Boehner added that Abedin “has a sterling character.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., also both strongly disagreed with Bachmann.

Graham called the allegation “ridiculous,” and told Politico that Abedin “is about as far away from the Muslim Brotherhood view of women and ideology as you possibly could get. She’s a very modern woman in every sense of the word, and people who say these things are really doing her a disservice because they don’t know what they’re talking about, and I don’t know what their motivations are, but clearly it says more about them than it does her.”

In an interview with NPR, Rubio said, ”I don’t share the feelings that are in that letter. Obviously, every member of Congress has a right to express their opinion and every member of Congress is held accountable for their opinion, if they’re right or if they’re wrong.”

And a senior House Republican, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Politico that the attack by Bachmann was foolish.

“This is ridiculous and extraordinarily petty. Clinton is the most pro-Israel member of this administration. Clearly, this is another dumb idea from Michele.”

Bachmann, however, remained unrepentant.

“”I encourage everyone, including media outlets, to read them in their entirety,” Bachmann said in a statement. “The intention of the letters was to outline the serious national security concerns I had and ask for answers to questions regarding the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical group’s [sic] access to top Obama administration officials.”

 

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7:16PM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

For once Michele Bachmann is correct. Our governemtn is being infiltrated but not by Representative Keith Ellison and State Department employee Huma Abedin. The government is being infiltrated by big money interests like the Tea Party funding Koch Brothers and their Amercians for Prosperity Super PAC and Karl Rove's Super PAC American Crossroads. They are the ones infiltrating and destroying our democracy.

5:08AM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

Sharia cannot possibly become law anywhere in the United States of America.

Our constitution will not allow it. Just as we do not extend Kosher requirements to food in general, we do not allow particular religious beliefs to rule us. Of course there are small exceptions like "blue laws" and sin taxes. But Sharia law as practiced in Muslim countries? No way.

I have a novel idea. How about we remove our troops and military bases from Muslim nations around the world. Then maybe they won't have a reason to attack us as on 9/11.

10:21PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Harriet B. I assure you that Glen Beck is not even available on my TV and I have done my research. Christians are certainly bad enough, but it is not now considered a religious duty to murder daughters for dressing like other girls , or cutting off a wifes`ears and nose for leaving or a death sentence for changing ones religion or for being a rape victim. True, it is not much better for homosexuals with Christians than with Muslims, but we CERTAINLY don`t need to add Sharia crimes to our own. We have quite enough already. BTW, I doubt you have truly investigated religions more than I, and you certainly don`t seem to be keeping up with present day news reports from Muslim nations. I have NO use for Bachman, but I find the sheer volume of hate filled childish insults on this topic to be like malicious High School cyber bullying, below what I usually expect from Care2. Her mental failings do not translate to an excuse for Sharia atrocities.

4:35PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Ernest, do a little research before throwing out your fear....Christianity in the middle ages did continue all of the tortures for people that differed with them religiously, or what would you call "drawing and quartering" the process by which each limb of a human is tied to four horses sent off in four different directions, or cutting open the stomach pulling out the intestines and setting them on fire while the victim is still alive, or one of the less graphic burning at the stake, all of these were still practiced up until a couple of centuries ago, by Christians, It took 2000 years for Christians to start to stop this behavior, it hasn't stopped yet. I doubt that you have ever read the entire Koran, and I doubt you have truly investigated religions, but are probably listening to some one like Glenn Beck or Bachman types that continue to spread hate and fear.

1:26PM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

@ A N M ..” I wonder if Bachmann even knows that the Islam is based on the same old testament Judaism and Christianity are based on.” Hey. A scholar. { don’t forget to capitalize Old Testament]. I wonder if you have noticed that the religiously required stoning, sacrifices, religious persecutions, food prohibitions, genocide, and wholesale executions present in all the Abrahamic reiigions are ignored by most Jews and Christians, but followed to the letter in Muslim countries.

1:13PM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

@ Don H. “How will they ever hope to make Sharia the law of the land?” I am definitely not a Bachman fan, but perhaps I can give you a clue. It starts with people and governments foolish enough to welcome them into the country. It continues with seven to ten children more than other people. When you have enough to form a sizable area, and make police afraid to interfere, as in Paris, you can enforce Sharia law in your community, stoning, wife abuse, rape, murder of girls that transgress Sharia law. If you are taken to court for spousal abuse, you can demand tolerance and claim religious freedom and walk free, as has happened in the US. You can stone too obvious Christians in your community and get away with it , as in Dearborn Michigan. Your daughters can order husbands [their first cousins] from Pakistan, and so their numbers increase, and numbers mean voting power and desired change. Are you getting the picture ,Don ? They promise that the whole world MUST come under Sharia law. @ Shirle4y S..“God does not kill, God does not condone killing” Have you never read your Bible.? God does not condone killing, HE COMMANDS IT ! The Muslim Brotherhood have already prohibited “sinful” alcohol and bikinis in tourist locations. They are just getting started.

1:12PM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

@ Don H. “How will they ever hope to make Sharia the law of the land?” I am definitely not a Bachman fan, but perhaps I can give you a clue. It starts with people and governments foolish enough to welcome them into the country. It continues with seven to ten children more than other people. When you have enough to form a sizable area, and make police afraid to interfere, as in Paris, you can enforce Sharia law in your community, stoning, wife abuse, rape, murder of girls that transgress Sharia law. If you are taken to court for spousal abuse, you can demand tolerance and claim religious freedom and walk free, as has happened in the US. You can stone too obvious Christians in your community and get away with it , as in Dearborn Michigan. Your daughters can order husbands [their first cousins] from Pakistan, and so their numbers increase, and numbers mean voting power and desired change. Are you getting the picture ,Don ? They promise that the whole world MUST come under Sharia law. @ Shirle4y S..“God does not kill, God does not condone killing” Have you never read your Bible.? God does not condone killing, HE COMMANDS IT ! The Muslim Brotherhood have already prohibited “sinful” alcohol and bikinis in tourist locations. They are just getting started.

11:19AM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

This brings to mind a famous retort by Winston Churchill to a fellow (female) MP;

"Winston, you're drunk!"

"Bessie, you're ugly. But tomorrow I'll be sober, but you'll still be ugly."

(and before you go damning Churchill for his un-pc language, those were different times and Bessie Braddock was built of strong stuff and gave as good as she got)

As these RWNJs almost drive us to drink, make your own choice of adjective for Ms Bachman - stupid? bigottted? racist? oh, we could have some fun here.

8:54AM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

Apparently, Bachmann is the Mad Hatter at the Tea Party.

8:54AM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

Apparently, Bachmann is the Mad Hatter at the Tea Party.

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