The Muslim Public Affairs Council, MPAC, has challenged Republican front-runner presidential hopeful Donald Trump to a debate, saying the billionaire businessman has done nothing but incite fear among Americans since he’s taken to the campaign trail and vowing to put a stop to his blunt rhetoric.
“Ever since you announced your run for presidency of the United States, you have scapegoated the American Muslim community and other minority groups for all your perceived ills of America,” MPAC wrote in a letter to the campaign, the Hill reported.
The group also blasted Trump as being “scared of anything that is different than you.”
The comments came on the heels of Trump’s repeat of a story of U.S. Gen. John Pershing executing Muslim prisoners in the Philippines with bullets “dipped in pig’s blood,” the Hill reported.
“You rely on the promotion of fear and Internet lies to fuel the flames of hate and divisiveness across our country,” the letter went on. “Well, we have news for you. We will no longer be bullied. We will no longer be your punching bag.”
MPAC issued the challenge for a debate “on the issues … [he’s] raised about Islam and Muslims” right after another well-known Muslim group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, called Trump out for his comments about the “pig’s blood” bullets.
“Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric has crossed the line from spreading hatred to inciting violence,” said Nihad Awad, CAIR national executive director, in a separate statement reported by the Hill.
As WND has reported, CAIR is an organization whose founders have documented links to the Muslim Brotherhood and the funding of international Islamic terrorism. CAIR, along with the Islamic Society of North America, remain unindicted co-conspirators in the largest terrorism funding trial on U.S. soil involving the Holy Land Foundation. Awad himself is included in WND’s big list of CAIR officials who have been associated with numerous convicted terrorists or felons in terrorism probes, as well as suspected terrorists and active targets of terrorism investigations.
In its statement about Trump, CAIR’s Awad wrote, “By directly stating that the only way to stop terrorism is to murder Muslims in graphic and religiously-offensive ways, he places the millions of innocent, law-abiding citizens in the American Muslim community at risk from rogue vigilantes.”
Trump’s exact statements, made from South Carolina a few days ago, went like this: “[Pershing, in the early 20th century] took 50 bullets and he dipped them in pig’s blood. And he had his men load his rifles and he lined up the 50 people and they shot 49 of those people. And the 50th person, he said, ‘You go back to your people and you tell them what happened.’ And for 25 years, there wasn’t a problem.”
Snopes.com, the website dedicated to checking the truth of widely repeated stories, said the story was a legend.