Congressman: Trump’s Rhetoric Will Lead To Murders, Assaults
Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, one of two Muslims in the House, believes Donald Trump’s rhetoric could lead to violence.
“He’s whipping up hatred to scapegoat a minority religious group, which has some very dangerous historic precedents…” said Ellison, who is himself Muslim. “I mean, it’s the kind of behavior, it’s classic demagoguery, and you know, he’s going to get somebody hurt.”
“You just said, he’s going to get somebody hurt – what do you mean by that?” asked host Chris Hayes.
“What I mean is that when leaders who have a national platform whip up hate and hysteria against a particular group– particularly a religious group, a minority religious group that is not popular– invariably, you know, the people that mentally unstable or motivated by hate come out of the woodwork,” Ellison said. “You see desecrations of buildings that are associated with that group, you see assaults, you see murders, you see things, things happen.”