By Theodore Shoebat
The governor of Iowa just made a warning to all Americans that there are Islamic state sympathizers in Iowa, and not just that, but in every state. He also made it clear that this is a serious threat and that they could strike at any day. According to one report:
Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday he still plans to stump across the state for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and he complained that Bill and Hillary Clinton are escaping scrutiny for alleged misdeeds involving the former Democratic president.
Instead of focusing on Trump’s personal conduct, Iowa voters should be more focused on important policy issues, including the fact that Islamic terrorist sympathizers are operating in Iowa, Branstad said. He declined to provide any specific details about public safety threats to Iowans.
Branstad is a Republican whose son, Eric, is state director of Trump’s campaign. The governor spent much of his weekly news briefing defending the GOP presidential nominee. He said lewd remarks by Trump in a 2005 video disclosed in recent days are “reprehensible and offensive” and wrong, but added that he accepts Trump’s apology.
However, Branstad offered no sympathy for Bill and Hillary Clinton, pointing to allegations by several women who have said they were sexually victimized by the former president and that his wife attempted to discredit them. Trump held a press conference prior to Sunday night’s debate with three women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct, and one woman who was a victim in a rape case in which Hillary Clinton defended the accused.
“We have this huge double standard. Let’s go back and look at how the Clintons have been treated. … Have they been given the same scrutiny as Donald Trump?” Branstad asked.
“People are going to believe what they want to believe about the individuals involved, but I am more concerned about the America people, our safety and security and our jobs, and our ability to live in a safe and secure environment and these threats that have grown dramatically,” Branstad added. “That is why the status quo is not acceptable, and we need new leadership.”
Branstad particularly focused on the threat to Iowans from what he described as Islamic terrorist sympathizers in Iowa, saying he believes the dangers have been underestimated. He added that Trump has had the courage to bring up the issue as he travels the country and he noted that several terrorist attacks in the United States have involved radicalized Muslims.
Pressed for details about the threats posed to Iowans by Islamic terrorist sympathizers, Branstad said he receives regular updates from the Iowa Department of Public Safety on threats of all types to Iowans. He added that he has learned there are ISIS sympathizers in every state.
“It is kind of a scary thought when you think of all the different challenges that we are facing. I think our Department of Public Safety does a good job and they try to do the very best they can and they coordinate with the federal people as well,” Branstad said. But he also said the public safety threat briefings are confidential and he can’t share them with the public.
“This is confidential information that I cannot share. It is shared with me on a confidential basis,” Branstad said. He added that he was among a group of governors who went to FBI headquarters in February for an in-depth briefing on the issue.
“You have seen what has happened around the country. You have seen what has happened in California and New York and New Jersey, and Tennessee and Florida. Sure there is a threat. There is a threat every day. We try to take it very seriously and I think our people are doing a good job, but I know that it is a dangerous and difficult situation. Because of social media, ISIS and their Islamic radical advocates are communicating with people all over the world, including in our state.”