Rumors about Muslims have become common enough, but it is appreciative to see people like Anderson Cooper who are there to debunk claims made on the basis of rumors. Anderson Cooper in his recent show refuted the claim made by Michele Bachmann about the infiltration by ‘Muslim Extremists’ in US Government.
Bachmann, along with four other Republicans in the House of Representatives has called for an investigation into whether or not the US government has been infiltrated by Islamic fundamentalists. In doing so Michele has specifically pointed a finger at Huma Abedin, a long time aide to Hillary Clinton. Cooper, in understated fashion, said that the evidence presented for such claims was ‘questionable at best’. "Now you would think to make a charge like that -- for sitting members of Congress to make a charge like that, that they would have some actual evidence, right?" he said.
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He then laid out Bachmann’s evidence concerning Abedin which was based on a series of tenuous familial connections. Abedin’s father was connected to another man whose group as claimed by Bachmann is connected to Muslim Brotherhood.
Cooper then brought on Democratic congressman Keith Ellison, who was the first Muslim elected to Congress. "I think it just is the worst of guilt by association," Ellison said.” "If you really believed there is this insidious security threat into the highest reaches of government, is that really something, as a Congress person, you make public?" Cooper asked. "You go on some conservative radio show? You write a public letter and put it on your Web site?”