That seems like an unlikely danger. After all, it took the Muslim Brotherhood more than four decades in exile to return to politics in their home country of Egypt.
But a report about the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise in the U.S. by an organization called the Center for Security Policy was enough to draw Bachmann’s attention. She and four other Republican congressman recently sent letters to federal agencies asking them to investigate whether the Muslim Brotherhood was infiltrating the U.S. government. Of particular concern, it appears from news reports, was top State Department aide Huma Abedin.
Sen. John McCain pointedly criticized the paranoia this week (video above). From the Huffington Post:
McCain never mentioned Bachmann or the other lawmakers by name, but pointedly criticized their letters and the report, noting he had worked with the Center for Security Policy in the past.
“The letter alleges that three members of Huma’s family are ‘connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations,’” he said. “Never mind that one of those individuals, Huma’s father, passed away two decades ago. The letter and the report offer not one instance of an action, a decision or a public position that Huma has taken while at the State Department that would lend credence to the charge that she is promoting anti-American activities within our government.”
“These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis and no merit,” McCain added. “And they need to stop now.”
All this led to an editorial in today’s Sacramento Bee headlined: “Michele Bachmann, have you no shame?” Do they really want her to answer that?