Keith Ellison asks good question about GOP: "Why do they want to become the party of hate?"

Ellison: GOP is "basically a bigoted party."
Ellison: GOP is "basically a bigoted party."

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Keith Ellison is putting the Republican Party on blast.

In a Mother Jones interview from the DNC in Charlotte, America's first Muslim congressman pulls no punches, criticizing his rival party for everything from their mysterious fear of Shariah law to their alleged hostility toward women.

Here's the highlights.

Ellison on the GOP's formal proclamation that the United States is under assault from Islamic Shariah law: "It's an expression of bigotry. There has never been any legislation offered to establish Shariah law -- not at the federal level, not at the state level. There's not been a municipal ordinance opposing this, there's not been anything."

Ellison, wondering who the GOP's constituency is these days: "Why do they want to become the party of hate? They're hating on immigrants who are from Latin America. They're demonstrating hatred toward Muslims. They're demonstrating hostility toward women. They act like they don't like gay people. Who is their party supposed to be made up of in 20 years?"

"I'm sad that they have decided to go into this dark ugly place where they see the whole world as their enemy. And this is the thing: I don't mind debating taxes and spending; we probably should. But they're the party that is basically a bigoted party and they have now officially declared themselves against a whole segment of the American population, because if we said we were going to put a plank opposing Jewish law, or Catholic canon, it would be an outrage. This is also an outrage. But you know, it'll pass."

Finally, Keith on Michele Bachmann, who in July accused Ellison of having "a long record of being associated... with the Muslim Brotherhood": "She's always bragging about how great the private sector is. She should join it."

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