Trump called out on Is­lamic Cen­ter bomb

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Seth McLaugh­lin

Rep. Keith El­li­son, the deputy chair­man of the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee, said Wed­nes­day that it is an “out­rage” that Pres­i­dent Trump has re­fused to “con­demn the ter­ror­ist at­tack” on an Is­lamic cen­ter in Min­nesota.

Mr. El­li­son, the first Mus­lim mem­ber of Congress, said the si­lence from Mr. Trump af­ter the blast at an imam’s of­fice on Satur­day “sug­gests that his oath … only ex­tends to peo­ple who meet cer­tain racial and re­li­gious cri­te­ria.”

The com­ment un­der­scored con­cerns from Democrats and pro­gres­sives ac­tivists who be­lieve that Mr. Trump has ap­plied a dou­ble-stan­dard to hate crimes by jump­ing at the op­por­tu­nity to speak out against those com­mit­ted against Chris­tians, but moves slower when Mus­lims are tar­geted.

Gov. Mark Day­ton, who like Mr. El­li­son is a mem­ber of the Min­nesota DFL, said on Sun­day that the at­tack on the Bloom­ing­ton Is­lamic cen­ter is “an act of ter­ror­ism” and a hate crime.

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