Predictably Shameless Right-Wing Media Tries Blaming Muslim Congressman For Texas Shooting

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In the wake of a botched shooting spree attempt at a Texas convention center by a couple of terrorist wannabes, conservatives have been falling over themselves to prove that this was no isolated case. In their effort to prove a vast Muslim-American conspiracy, it was only a matter of time before they turned their eyes towards the few Muslims in America who have managed to transcend anti-Islam bias and actually get elected to public office.

Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison represents everything the far right hates. He’s a devout Muslim, and maybe worse, a fierce liberal. Sensing a juicy target, right-wingers led by conservative website Breitbart News have worked tirelessly to prove that Ellison is somehow linked to the two men who committed this attack in Texas. What have they found? Well, Ellison is definitely a Muslim and… well, that’s about it.

According to Breitbart’s Lee Stranahan:

The terrorist threat emanates from the Minneapolis neighborhood known as “Little Mogadishu,” home to one of the highest concentration of Somali immigrants in the USA.

The Little Mogadishu neighborhood is represented by Democrat congressman Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), who liberals proudly tout as the first Muslim-American Congressman. Ellison – who famously swore his oath of office on a Koran – has been a key player in public attacks on those seeking to expose the threat of radical Islam, including former Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Texas Congressman Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX).

Yes, Ellison is immediately suspect because he (rightfully) called out known Islamophobes like Michele Bachmann and Rep. Louie Gohmert for fear-mongering. He even had the nerve to defend himself after Bachmann flat-out accused him of supporting terrorism back when she was pretending to run for president in 2012.

Stranahan observes that Ellison also happens to be representative of a district in which a 25-year-old man named Muhammed Abdullahi Hassan once lived before joining a terrorist cell in Somalia. This man is said to have been in indirect contact with the two Texas attackers for several years. That might be news, however Hassan left the United States seven years ago. He’s been overseas ever since. It’s unclear what Stranahan believes the statute of limitations are on casting blame on a congressperson for the crimes of a person who once lived in his or her district. Probably – and this is just a guess – seven years?

So if you’re keeping score at home, the argument is that Ellison is a Muslim (fact); he lives in a district with a high percentage of Muslims (fact); one of whom left the year after he was elected to fight in Somalia (fact); and may have inspired two people to commit an act of terrorism seven years later (maybe); so therefore, Ellison is to blame (um, what?).

It’s unclear what conservatives wanted Ellison to do in order to have prevented the Texas shooting. His state is literally at the opposite end of the country and the “link” between his district and the two ISIS sympathizers had moved thousands of miles away close to a decade earlier. The charge that he is guilty by association would be silly if it weren’t so pathetically predictable.

Sadly, Ellison is used to this kind of treatment. As one of the public faces of Islam in the United States and the very first Muslim in Congress, he has to weather a seemingly endless amount of anti-Muslim sentiment. In fact, a cursory look at right-wing blogs and websites reveal that whatever the trending topic in Islam is this week, they are hoping to link Ellison to it. He’s been accused of supporting terrorism, funding the Muslim brotherhood, protecting homegrown terrorists, and defiling the office he holds by insisting he be sworn in on the Qur’an and not the Bible. (Note: In a twist that will make certain people’s heads explode, he used Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an.) Now he is being linked to the failed terror attack in Texas. And, all because he is a Muslim.

Following that logic, wait until Breitbart finds out that right-wingers who hate the government are considered the biggest homegrown threat in the United States. Let’s grab the torches and pitchforks, there are a bunch of those guys in office that we can blame.

 

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info

 

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