Muslim congressman breaks down in tears during committee hearing on Islamic extremism

Rep. Keith Ellison, one of two Muslim members of Congress, broke down in tears while delivering his testimony in defense of the Muslim community during a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing Thursday.

The Minnesota Democrat ended his testimony with the story of 23-year-old Mohammad Salman Hamdani, a Pakistani-born American who was killed in New York on Sept. 11, 2001 while trying to save victims from the  World Trade Center buildings. Before his remains were found near the north tower, rumor spread that he had been involved in the killings.

“Mr. Hamdani bravely sacrificed his life to try to help others on 9/11. After the tragedy some people tried to smear his character, solely because of his Islamic faith,” Ellison said while straining to hold back tears and his voice cracking. “Some people spread false rumors and speculated that he was in league with the attackers because he was a Muslim. But it was only when his remains were identified that these lies were exposed. ”

“His life should not be identified as just a member of an ethnic group or just a member of a religion, but an American who gave everything for his fellow Americans,” he said.

The hearing, officially titled “The extent of radicalization in the American Muslim community and that community’s response,” were initiated by committee chairman New York Republican Rep. Pete King and have been criticized as a “witch hunt” in the days leading up to the meeting. King defended the hearings, saying that “to back down would be a craven surrender to political correctness.”

Thursday’s hearing is the first of a series of meetings to be held over the next few months.


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  • sunnyr

    What a freaking LIAR Ellison is! Phony crudball! There is nothing of consequence on Google that would substantiate the tearful lies of this Muslim liar! BUSTED, Ellison!

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  • Skepticus

    Where were Mr. Ellison’s tears on September 11th, 2001? It seems to me that he turns on the waterworks when it suits his political/religious/personal agenda.

    • FoxNewsForever

      Exactly! I mean he didn’t even care when WE were attacked!!! I mean, I am not sure of that, but I assume from your post that he didn’t even care. How dare he pretend to care now??

      • Jess81

        Actually, Ellison was an early admirer of Farakhan and a birther. He once compared George Bush to Hitler. Don’t have a clue whether he cried after 9-11, but I DO have a clue as to how he feels about women and killing non-believers. It’s there in his book for all to read.

  • junkmaninohio

    Ellison has been nominated for an academy award for his portrayal of a phoney muslim crying for the cameras. Charlie Rangle tried it and it went badly. These people are a joke.

  • intrepid_one

    It appears that Rep.Ellison little show was more cynical than I first thought. See this article on National Review online, http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/261903/rep-keith-ellison-s-bigotry-matthew-shaffer?page=1

    It appears that there was very little press related to Mr. Hamdani’s possible involvement in the 9/11 attacks. What Rep. Ellison also left out is the Mr. Hamdani’s was given great honor for his sacrifice. This was a blatant attempt to color these hearing as attacks on innocent Muslims. Rep. Ellison and his ilk would prefer that we just ignore the issue of radical Islam and just hope that it goes away. Time has proven that this has not, and most likely will not happen.

  • libertyatstake

    Jack Wiley Dithers was able to plant his last remaining shoe recorder on the Democrat morning conference call. Most was unintelligible, but we recovered “…try it Ellison, it works for Boehner.”

    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  • truebearing

    To hell with Ellison and the camel he rode in on. Talk about a pathetic display of phony emotion. He better not quit his legislative seat as a rep for the morons in his Minnesota district, because he’ll never make it as an actor.

    Islam’s ethical code: the end justifies the means.

    Marxism/Progressivism’s ethical code: the end justifies the means.

    Both operate according to the same ruthless anti-ethic, which is essentially evil. Is it any wonder they are now working together?