Michele Bachmann on Ellison: 'He has long record of association with Muslim Brotherhood'
Ellison is amused by Bachmann's Islamophobic allegations.
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making reckless allegations politics were blackjack, it'd be fitting to say that yesterday, Michele Bachmann doubled down.
Under fire for making sensational yet unsubstantiated claims that the Muslim Brotherhood has made "deep penetration" into the U.S. government, Bachmann isn't backtracking. In fact, during an appearance on Glenn Beck's radio program yesterday, she dramatically broadened the scope of her McCarthy-esque allegations, saying Rep. Keith Ellison "has a long record of being associated... with the Muslim Brotherhood."
GLENN BECK: Okay. So when you wrote [the letters spelling out the allegations], then Keith Ellison comes out. And Keith Ellison is -- he has a record of being the Mafia hitman.
BACHMANN: Well, he has a long record of being associated with [Council on American-Islamic Relations] and with the Muslim Brotherhood. CAIR is an unindicted co‑conspirator, as stated in the large terrorist financing case that we've had in the United States of America and so he came out and essentially wanted to shut down the inspectors general from even looking into any of the questions that we were asking. So he wanted to shut it down. In response I wrote another letter back to Keith Ellison, a 16‑page letter which I would encourage all of your listeners to go and read this letter. It's what I call a bulletproof letter. I have 59 footnotes with one example after another of the penetration of the Muslim Brotherhood into the federal government. One of the most recent is so outrageous, it's hard to believe. Two weeks ago the State Department broke its own law, like I said, and let a foreign terrorist come into the United States, into the White House, meet with the National Security Council...
Ellison is denying Bachmann's allegations... with a chuckle, the Huffington Post reports.
Echoing the sort of Congressional testimony you would've expected to hear during the 1950s Communist witch-hunts, Ellison, with a laugh, told the HuffPo, "I am not now, nor have I ever been, associated with the Muslim Brotherhood."
But, on a more serious note, Ellison characterized Bachmann's allegations as being particularly dangerous for mid-level federal employees who could be impugned by Bachmann as being part of some sort of Islamist conspiracy.
Referring to Huma Abedin, a deputy chief of state for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton whose family Bachmann has linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, Ellison said:
Miss Abedin, who has a stellar reputation, everybody admires her, she's like this great person. And she works for one of the most high-profile people on the planet. So Michele Bachmann cannot hurt Huma Abedin. But what about some mid-level guy named Mustafa or a woman named Aisha? Some everyday person who happens to be a Muslim?
Ellison added that in fact, he feels sorry for Bachmann.
"Her world must be a scary place," he told the HuffPo. "It must be very frightening to see the world through her eyes."
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