Ellison calls Muslim Brotherhood fears a 'scarecrow'
February 11, 2011 — 11:10am
Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison called the secular Egyptian revolution a "stunning rebuke to al-Qaidaism" and called fears of a takeover by the Muslim Brotherhood a "scarecrow."
Appearing on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell Thursday night, Ellison, the first Muslim in Congress, said "This is a group of people who are rejecting al-Qaedaism, rejecting religious extremism and saying they want what we already have, which is democracy. We got to stand on the side of that."
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."