Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), last Wednesday, told a town hall that Muslims in America are “trying to kill Americans every week,” reports WBBM-TV (video below).
Rep. Walsh said: “One thing I’m sure of is that there are people in this country, there is a radical strain of Islam in this country, it’s not just over there, trying to kill Americans every week. It is a real threat, and it is a threat that is much more at home now than it was after 9/11.”
“It’s here. It’s in Elk Grove. It’s in Addison. It’s in Elgin. It’s here. This is one thing I want my government to do is protecting us against this threat, because let’s be honest, folks, it is a threat.”
Ahmet Rehab of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said that Rep. Walsh’s comments are “consistent with the rise of the radical right, and the insistence by some in the Republican Party that Americans should be suspicious and fearful of fellow Americans. It’s just ridiculous. It’s preying on a vulnerable minority for political points.”