Rep. Andre Carson: Americans Will 'Push Back' on Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Because it's 'Dangerous'

The congressman and executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations are interviewed on "This Week."
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Transcript for Rep. Andre Carson: Americans Will 'Push Back' on Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Because it's 'Dangerous'
Trump. Has focused is attention and new threats on the Muslim community. A mosque in California victims of arson. One of dozen of mosques targeted this year. Two offices of the council of american-islamic relations had to be evacuated after suspicious powder was sent to their office. Here's the executive director of car and Indiana congressman Andre Carson. Welcome to you both. What has been the fallout in your community since San Bernardino, since the comments of Donald Trump? Good morning, George. As you can tell, the Muslim community is extremely concerned about the violent backlash against its members and its institutions. As you have seen just a moment ago, the mosque that was firebold last Friday. Quite a few violent attacks have been taken against muslims. Death threats where two officers were evacuated. In Washington, D.C., and Santa Clara, because of a suspicious powder that we received with a death threat on it. Luckily, everyone is safe and the matter is being investigated by the FBI. So, yes, there's a sense of anxiety and this comes, you know, in the background of the anti-muslim sentiment that has been unfortunately fueled by Donald Trump and his likes from his platform. But congressman Carson, you heard Marco Rubio this week, in the wake of Donald Trump's comments, saying there's no widespread discrimination against American muslims. That's untrue. We live in an age where politicians are awarded for saying inflammatory remarks. You have seen poll Numbers. When these politicians make these inflammatory remarks, they're rewarded with higher polling Numbers. Muslims are in our law enforcement community. There are judges. My father in the law was the first Muslim judge. Over 8 million muslims in this country making contributions to our society. And anyone who wants to be the commander in chief has to know that and accept that as reality. There's a real fear out there right now, what do you say to Americans? Polls show a majority of Americans show that Islam is inconsistent with American values. They have an unfavorable view of Islam. What do those people need to know? They need to know though there are numerous attempts thwarted. They're thwarted because muslims are working behind the scenes. Look at our jobs Numbers, there are Muslim businessmen and women who are starting business. They're putting Americans back to work. They have to know that not only is Islam a religion of peace, but muslims are here a valuable part of our community. What do you do about the problem of radicalization? In your community. George Washington university put out a report, Isis in America. It says Isis mobilization in the United States has been unprecedented. As of the fall of 2015, U.S. Authorities speak of some 250 Americans who have traveled or attempted to travel to syria/iraq to join the islamic state and 900 active investigations against Isis similar pathizers in all 50 states. The number of young men who have been arrested on isis-related charged has doubled in the last year. As congressman Carson has said, there are 8 million muslims in the United States. American muslims aren't the problem. Also, let's look at the bigger picture, Isis wants us to be afraid. Isis wants to divide us. Isis wants us to be afraid of one another. And unfortunately, the bigger picture is, we have 350 mass shootings in 2015 alone and we see this media and political attention given to the acts of few thugs related to Isis in the United States. But not the 350 mass shootings which means, one more mass shooting per day happened in the United States, mainly happened at the hands of people who are not of the islamic faith. But unfortunately, we're giving a lot of credit to Isis and to their recruited individuals who are very few in the united States. Congressman Carson. I totally agree. I just saw a report where the white supremacist group, -- this has been a called to action, the rhetoric that we're seeing, it concerns me. I think most of our largest domestic threat comes from racial supremacist group. There's a restoration movement taking place. People want to take us back to the good old days. There are elected officials who are capitalizing on this sentiment. We'll see next year the American people who are very intelligent, they'll push back on this kind of rhetoric because it's very dangerous. Mr. Trump -- I have met Mr. Trump. I read most of his books. He's smart man, which means his rhetoric is that much more dangerous. Gentlemen, thank you very

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