U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, an Indiana Democrat, may be one of Nancy Pelosi’s handpicked selections to serve on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, but he has a lot of explaining to do on who made political contributions to his campaign — and a history of racially charged, inflammatory statements.
According to the Daily Caller, Carson, the first Muslim to get a seat on the committee, spoke to the 37th Annual Islamic Circle of North America-Muslim American Society Convention in Hartford, Conn., declaring the need to incorporate some Islam-based practices into the U.S. system.
“America will never tap into educational innovation and ingenuity without looking at the model that we have in our madrassas, in our schools, where innovation is encouraged, where the foundation is the Quran.”
Interestingly, Carson issued a news release later that day disavowing his own words, the Daily Caller reported. No religion should be the basis for education in the U.S., Carson said. Thanks for clearing that up.
Carson also made a racially charged statements about the tea party members of Congress suggesting, “Some of these folks in Congress right now would love to see [blacks] as second class citizens. Some of them in Congress right now with this tea party movement would love to see you and me…hanging on a tree.”
According to campaign filing records on OpenSecrets.org, Carson received $6,000 from the Counsel on American-Islamic Relations between the 2008 and 2014 election cycles. Although not indicted, CAIR was named as a co-conspirator in a terrorism funding case involving a group called the Holy Land Foundation, which was found guilty in federal court of providing material support to Hamas.
According to the same filings, Carson also received more than $30,000 in separate campaign contributions from individuals tied to CAIR and the Islamic Society of North America, which was also named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case.
Pelosi will most certainly try to defend her nomination of Carson by pointing out that he has law enforcement experience and also worked in the Indiana Department of Homeland Securit, but she would not be able to defend Carson’s affiliation with questionable groups if they were both Republican and there were similar, unsavory groups involved.
The media wouldn’t let her. Just think of Steve Scalise and his 12-year-old speech.
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