DFL Rep. Keith Ellison says GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann should apologize for suggesting that members of President Obama’s administration have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Ellison said he won’t ask for a personal apology even though Bachmann said yesterday that Ellison has “a long record of being associated with CAIR [The Council on American-Islamic Relations] and with the Muslim Brotherhood.” Ellison said he has no ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and said her claims have no factual basis. He said Bachmann should change course.
“Instead of doubling down and claiming to be distorted, just admit that you’re wrong,” Ellison said.
Ellison has criticized Bachmann and four other Republican members of the U.S. House for suggesting Secretary of State’s Hillary Clinton’s top aide has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. GOP House Speaker John Boehner, Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, and others have denounced the allegations without mentioning Bachmann by name.
Through her office Bachmann declined a request for an interview.
Ellison said this isn’t the first time Bachmann has made specious claims.
“She has a pattern of making allegations and then being called upon to prove them. She either switches the subject or says she didn’t say that or claims to having been distorted,” he said.
Ellison said he hasn’t reflected on whether Bachmann should face disciplinary charges for her comments.
The other Republican members of Minnesota’s Congressional delegation have been quiet about Bachmann’s comments. GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen declined comment through a spokesperson. GOP Rep. John Kline and GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack could not be reached for comment.