Politics

House GOP Leader Refuses To Condemn Bachmann’s Anti-Muslim Crusade

“I think that her concern was about the security of the country,” GOP Leader Eric Cantor said Friday

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Friday declined to condemn Rep. Michelle Bachmann’s campaign against Muslims holding high-profile positions within the federal government.

During an appearance on CBS’ This Morning, host Charlie Rose pressed Cantor on charges by Bachmann and a group of House conservatives that Huma Abedin, an assistant and close confidant of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is one of a growing number of Muslims in the federal government with ties to terrorist organizations.

Bachmann’s claims have virtually no evidence behind them, however.
After reading portions of a BuzzFeed interview in which Cantor urged the country and the GOP to be more tolerant, Rose asked Cantor he felt Bachmann was out of line.

Cantor – who in last week’s interview said it is “absolutely wrong to stereotype or look badly at anyone because of their religion” – declined to specifically condemn Bachmann.

“If you read some of the reports that have covered this story, I think that her concern was about the security of the country,” the Virginia Republican said.

Cantor’s comments contrast with those of other GOP leaders – including Speaker John Boehner and Sen. John McCain – who have roundly condemned Bachmann and her claims.

“We are a country that appreciates freedom and diversity,” Cantor said in the BuzzFeed interview, noting that he himself is Jewish. “I feel very strongly that we’re a nation of inclusion. We’re built on the waves of immigrants that have come to these shores.”

Check out more articles on BuzzFeed.com!

John Stanton is the Washington, D.C. bureau chief for BuzzFeed News. In 2014, Stanton was a recipient of the National Press Foundation’s 2014 Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress.
Contact John Stanton at john.stanton@buzzfeed.com.
 
 

More News

More News

Now Buzzing