GOP Rep Won’t Denounce Call For Backlash Against American Muslims

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Yesterday, the conservative author of the new book Muslim Mafia, the foreword of which was penned by Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC), explicitly called for a “professional and legal backlash against the Muslim community and their leaders” in response to the Fort Hood shootings.

So last night, we called Myrick’s office to see if she had a response to Dave Gaubatz‘s remarks, given that his book, with her foreword, was released just last month. Since then, Myrick and three other House Republicans have cited the book as the source of their calls for a probe of Muslim intern “spies” in Congress.Here’s Myrick’s statement, which does not denounce, or even address, Gaubatz’s call for a backlash:

While I will continue to challenge radical Islamists and point out their ties to terrorism, I have been and will continue to work with mainstream moderate Muslim leaders because the only way to stop radicalization, and prevent the spread of this radical ideology, is to support these Muslim leaders in engaging their own community.

Myrick is in fact partially echoing Gaubatz, who said yesterday: “If Muslims do not want a backlash, then I would recommend a ‘house cleaning.'”

We followed up with Myrick’s spokesperson this morning to ask again if the congresswoman has a response to Gaubatz, but haven’t heard anything back.