The founder of an Arizona Tea Party group has told Senator John McCain to “go to hell,” and added, “it’s time for you to take your final dirt nap,” after the Senator spoke in support of Huma Abedin, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s top aide. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has been attacking Abedin, who is former Congressman Anthony Weiner‘s wife, because she is a Muslim.
“Wes Harris, the founder and chairman of the Original North Phoenix Tea Party, now says McCain’s words have given him grounds to mount an effort to unseat the longtime senator,” the Huffington Post reports:
In an interview with the Arizona Capitol Times, Harris called McCain an “embarrassment,” before laying out a variety of unapologetic anti-Islamic sentiments.
“Is [Abedin] a Muslim? Is she an active Muslim?” Harris asked the Times. “I rest my case. That’s all she needs to be.”
In his email airing his grievances, Harris also linked to the Bare Naked Islam blog, an internet clearinghouse for Islamophobia that claims to have further proof of Abedin’s supposed ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. One post touts a new report from the Center for Security Policy, the right-wing think tank behind the paper that led to Bachmann and her cohort’s initial inquiry, that seeks to unveil the “Islamist” roots of Abedin’s mother.
While other top Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), came out to reject Bachmann’s accusation, Harris says McCain’s defense of Abedin is just the latest in a string of actions that have warranted a recall effort.
“Go to hell, Senator, it’s time for you to take your final dirt nap,” Harris concludes.
Meanwhile, Rep. Bachmann is increasingly losing ground. A half-dozen or so Republican politicians have come out to attack her and/or support Abedin, and there’s a move underway to get Bachmann kicked off the Intelligence Committee. How she ever got on the Intelligence Committee is unknown.
Hat-tip: Little Green Footballs
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