Rep. Nancy Pelosi is clearly trolling the Islamophobic right by appointing a Muslim Congressman, Andre Carson, to the House Intelligence Committee. Cue the heads of Pam Geller, Frank Gaffney, David Yerushalmi and Robert Spencer asploding in outrage.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced in a closed-door meeting Tuesday she would name the first Muslim lawmaker to the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
A senior Democratic aide said Rep. André Carson of Indiana would be named in the “coming days” to the key national security-focused panel. Pelosi (D-Calif.) told lawmakers of the appointment during the members’ weekly caucus meeting.
Carson would be the first Muslim to serve on the committee and was the second Muslim to be elected to Congress. He already serves on the Armed Services Committee and worked for the Department of Homeland Security’s Fusion Center — the clearinghouse established by the federal government to streamline data sharing between the CIA, FBI, Department of Justice and the military.
Spencer immediately took the bait, claiming that Carson has links to the Muslim Brotherhood. It’s the usual Six Degrees of Muslim game the wingnuts play. If he once had lunch at the same restaurant that someone else once ate at who had a former college roommate who had ever been to the Middle East, voila, they are now “linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.” And every Muslim in the world talks to every other Muslim, has exactly the same beliefs and goals, right? And they all know the secret handshake and are all actively helping Al Qaeda, obviously.
Well done, Rep. Pelosi. Troll successful.