Rep. Keith Ellison, the Democratic congressman from Minnesota who holds the title as the nation’s first Muslim member of Congress, condemned Donald Trump for his response to the Orlando mass murders, saying the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is nothing more than a “fascist” who has no business running for the nation’s highest public office.
“It is clear that we have a narcissistic, fascist who has claimed the Republican nomination,” Ellison said, during an interview with Chris Hayes on MSNBC. “That’s a fact. The question is what are we going to do about it as a nation.”
His comments came in context of reacting to a tweet Trump put out to supporters thanking them for recognizing his correct views on radical Islamic terrorism.
That tweet read: “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism. I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!”
But it also came on the heels of another tweet from Trump that read, “Horrific incident in FL. Praying for all the victims & their families. When will this stop? When will we get tough, smart & vigilant?”
And both tweets were simply references to Trump’s consistent campaign remarks on radical Islamism – comments that point to the political correctness with the present administration, that call out President Obama’s failure to label Islam as part of the terrorism problem and that demand tighter border controls.
Some in the press, however, used the thank-you tweet to paint Trump in a negative light and to underscore his obsession with self – and to skew, as Ellison did, the candidate as unsympathetic to the Orlando victims.
“Why, oh, why can’t his sympathies run to [the victims of the LGBT and Latino communities] for just a moment? The whole nation should be grieving with them,” Ellison said, on MSNBC. “The fact his mind is not concerned itself with what they need, comforting them, is deep and disturbing. And then turn it into a villainous rampage against other Americans who have absolutely nothing to do with this, and I mean Muslims now, it’s just outrageous.”
Ellison instead called for more gun control as the way to solve mass murders like the one in Orlando that left 49 dead and 53 injured, including the gunman, a Muslim man named Omar Mateen who reportedly called 9-1-1 during the attack to pledge his allegiance to ISIS.
“We need to make those investments [in gun control],” Ellison said, the Hill reported. “We need action. We need to turn to each other, not on each other, as our narcissist candidate suggests.”