Video: U.S. Senator says Republican candidates at war with Islam

Back in 2006, The Middle East Quarterly reported on what Democratic Senator Richard Durbin had to say about the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim Brotherhood front group:

Senator Dick Durbin (Democrat, Illinois) observes that CAIR is “unusual in its extreme rhetoric and its associations with groups that are suspect.”

Here we are six years later and Mr. Durbin’s views have changed drastically. Via CNN:

Majority Whip Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) appeared on Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien to discuss the flare up of violence in Afghanistan.

Durbin says, “And understand, just go back to history a little bit to 9/11, President George W. Bush, I sure had my differences with him, but I thought he got it right, and he stuck with it through his presidency. He said our war is not with the religion of Islam. Our war is with those who would distort it and turn it into terrorism. And I think that was a bright spot kind of a guiding principle. It was adopted by President Obama. Now, listen to these Republican candidates for president. They’re at war with Islam.”

Attacks on CAIR are attacks in defense of the United States. Yet, Mr. Durbin appears to be more interested in defending them against his fellow Americans.


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