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Tea Party Leader Slams McCain For Defending Clinton Aide: Any Muslim ‘Is A Threat’

By Annie-Rose Strasser  

"Tea Party Leader Slams McCain For Defending Clinton Aide: Any Muslim ‘Is A Threat’"

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Wes Harris (Photo: NPR)

Prominent Arizona Tea Party leader Wes Harris emailed his supporters yesterday to announce that he would be trying to recall Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). The offense? McCain defended Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, after Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) suggested that she is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.

In an interview with the Arizona Capitol Times, Harris went on a rant against McCain, and then started to bash Muslims generally, saying that “anyone that is a Muslim is a threat to this country” and that Islam is “more a fascist type of organization”:

“Have you ever read the Quran? I suggest you do so, because anyone that is a Muslim is a threat to this country, and that’s a fact,” Harris told the Arizona Capitol Times. “There is no such thing as a moderate Muslim. If they are Muslim they have to follow the Quran. That’s their religion and that’s their doctrine.”

Harris said he plans to circulate recall petitions against McCain. In his email, he said, “We must find a way to get rid of this embarrassment.” [...]

Harris disagreed with McCain’s assessment of Abedin, saying she shouldn’t be working for the State Department, regardless of whether she has Muslim Brotherhood ties.

“Is she a Muslim? Is she an active Muslim?” Harris said. “I rest my case. That’s all she needs to be.”

Harris also ended a blog post that accompanied his email with this line about McCain: “Go to hell, Senator, it’s time for you to take your final dirt nap.” On Twitter, McCain called the Times’ article an “interesting news item.”

Conservatives have been condemning Bachmann left and right for her unwarranted attack attempting to link Abedin to the Muslim Brotherhood. Even the right-wing Daily Caller called out the Congresswoman, and her tea party supporters, for the implicit Islamophobia in the charge. One group has even calling on House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) — who also criticized Bachmann’s anti-Muslim witch hunt — to take the Minnesota Congresswoman off of the House Intelligence Committee.

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