Shrugging off criticism from GOP leaders in Congress
, Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann broadened her allegations
Thursday of Islamic infiltration in the U.S. government, accusing Democrat Keith Ellison of associations with the Muslim Brotherhood.
“He has a long record of being associated with [the Council on American–Islamic Relations] and with the Muslim Brotherhood,” Bachmann told right-wing radio and TV show host Glenn Beck.
Ellison, whose Minnesota congressional district borders Bachmann’s, told the Huffington Post
that Bachmann’s accusations are totally false. “I am not now, nor have I ever been, associated with the Muslim Brotherhood,” he said, echoing the McCarthy-era government loyalty oath.
The exchange came a day after Bachmann was denounced on the Senate floor by Ariz. Sen. John McCain. Earlier Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner termed Bachmann’s allegations “dangerous.”
Both Republican leaders were reacting to Bachmann’s requests for investigations into Muslim Brotherhood “influence operations” in several federal agencies. She specifically named State Department official Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Beck, in a supportive interview of Bachmann, accused McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential candidate, of “falling right in line with the Muslim Brotherhood bull crap.”
He also compared Ellison, the first Muslim in Congress, to a “Mafia hit man.”
Yep. When all the world is calling you crazy, you can count on Glenn Beck to tell you that you’re sane. Beck and Limbaugh and Hannity, et. al. are kind of like crazy drug pushers.