Why Mike Pompeo’s Views On Muslims Keep Coming Up In His Confirmation Hearing

 

Mike Pompeo’s nomination to be Secretary of State is controversial in part because of his history of making incendiary comments about Muslims. Wa’el Alzayat, a former State Department official, who now leads the Muslim-American activist group Emgage Action, talks about why he thinks Pompeo’s views are dangerous for the international community.

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

Mike Pompeo’s nomination to be secretary of state has been controversial. Even though he appears to have the votes for confirmation, he might not get a majority in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. One issue that has come up in his confirmation hearings is his view on Muslims. He has a history of making incendiary comments. For example, when he was the Kansas congressman in 2013, months after the Boston Marathon bombing, he said this on the floor of the House.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

MIKE POMPEO: When the most devastating terrorist attacks on America in the last 20 years come overwhelmingly from people of a single faith and are performed in the name of that faith, a special obligation falls on those that are the leaders of that faith. Instead of responding, silence has made these Islamic leaders across America potentially complicit in these acts.

SHAPIRO: In fact several American Muslim groups had condemned the bombings. Another notable comment a few years ago speaking to a church group in his hometown of Wichita, Pompeo said this about what he said was a minority of Muslims who want to wipe Christians from the Earth.

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https://www.npr.org/2018/04/20/604423913/why-mike-pompeos-views-on-muslims-keep-coming-up-in-his-confirmation-hearing

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