This weekend, Tea Party Nation (TPN) sent an email in support of Lynne Torgerson, who is running against Rep. Keith Ellison in Minnesota. In the email, TPN lists the reasons Ellison should be “retired.” Among them: “He is the only Muslim member of congress.”
You may remember Tea Party Nation. The much-maligned for-profit group organized the first national Tea Party Convention, then tried to plan a second convention in Las Vegas this year, only to face opposition from other Tea Partiers who called the group a fake. This year’s convention was then mysteriously canceled.
According to The Maddow Blog, the email sent Saturday night read:
There are a lot of liberals who need to be retired this year, but there are few I can think of more deserving than Keith Ellison. Ellison is one of the most radical members of congress. He has a ZERO rating from the American Conservative Union. He is the only Muslim member of congress. He supports the Counsel for American Islamic Relations, HAMAS and has helped congress send millions of tax to terrorists in Gaza.
Nice, right? But it gets better. Because, as The Maddow Blog points out, Ellison isn’t the only Muslim member of Congress. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) makes two.
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