Of all the controversial things Donald Trump has said, the one which seems to have stuck the most is his call for a ban on Muslim immigration following the mass shooting of 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif. Of course, members of the media quickly tracked down each of the Republican presidential candidates to see if he or she agreed with front-runner Trump.
Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim to be elected to Congress, chose to make his own statement at the State of the Union address, encouraging all Democrats to invite Muslims as their guests. The Washington Post was impressed enough with the idea to publish a list of names of all legislators who had invited Muslim-Americans as their guests, and around 20 came through.
Take a look at the list of American Muslims attending this evening's #SOTU https://t.co/NvYP9aD2MQ
— Shaarik Zafar (@SpecialRepMC) January 12, 2016
20 members of Congress say they're bringing a Muslim to Tuesday's #SOTU address, as per @keithellison's request . | https://t.co/uZhwgvvI3V
— WCCO – CBS Minnesota (@WCCO) January 11, 2016
A young, patriotic, Muslim servicemember will be my #SOTU guest tonight. He's also my son. #prouddad pic.twitter.com/wvaIYeCZN1
— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) January 12, 2016
Tonight, @RepMcGovern has invited @WPI grad & Muslim community leader, Asima Silva, as his guest for the #SOTU. pic.twitter.com/Ev85S3Qbfv
— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) January 12, 2016
Honored 2 have Mamnun Haq, Muslim-Amer leader of the Bangladeshi community in Kensington, Bklyn as my #SOTU guest! pic.twitter.com/EKbS0Ok1Aw
— Congressman Nadler (@RepJerryNadler) January 12, 2016
With @RepJudyChu and special guest Adnan Khan, Muslim American who will attend Obama's speech. Live frm DC. pic.twitter.com/zoP3rCs5Ht
— David Ono (@abc7davidono) January 12, 2016
Hon @RepJoeCourtney invites Dr. Qureshi President of CT Ahmadiyya Muslim Comm as guest to @POTUS final #SOTU address https://t.co/fpb8zbjk0f
— Miyan Zahir M Mannan (@zahirmannan) January 6, 2016
Up next: @RepKClark is taking a guest to #SOTU, Muslim Activist Nazda Alam. Catch her on The Morning Show at 7:15! #mapoli
— 980 WCAP (@980wcap) January 6, 2016
.@DWStweets combats anti-Muslim prejudice, aims fire at Republicans, with her #SOTU guest https://t.co/xxqX6WHtyK pic.twitter.com/sEd10CMcov
— Broward Politics (@browardpolitics) January 11, 2016
Ellison thought he had a coup on his hands when he challenged Speaker Paul Ryan to join in the “Bring Your Own Muslim” effort and set aside any assumption that he, too, was Islamophobic at heart.
Muslim lawmaker challenges Ryan to bring Muslim guest to State of the Union: https://t.co/KLlQQPBfqt pic.twitter.com/4OLHMtZqBo
— The Hill (@thehill) January 8, 2016
Nah. Ryan instead chose as his guests the Little Sisters of the Poor, the nuns who have been alternatively winning and losing their fight against the Obamacare mandate that they provide, against their religious beliefs, birth control (including abortifacients) as part of their health plan.
Little Sisters of the Poor, guests of Speaker Ryan, arriving at US Capitol to attend the President's #SOTU address. pic.twitter.com/7InOgS9NhB
— Stephen Crowley (@Stcrow) January 12, 2016
@Stcrow @LegInsurrection packing their BIG rulers for this BS fest.
— SmilingAssassin27 (@RJCHVZ) January 13, 2016
If only. Pope Francis visited the Little Sisters during his visit to the United States; maybe tonight the president will catch a glimpse of the women whom former Attorney General Eric Holder fought “tooth and nail” throughout his tenure.
Ryan's guests for #SOTU nuns from Little Sisters of the Poor who are challening Obamacare just walked through Capitol
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 12, 2016
If the Little Sisters of the Poor do not comply & provide #abortion pills, the penalties would force them out of their ministry. #JayLive
— Jay Sekulow (@JaySekulow) January 11, 2016
So what? These two anti-Obama kooks only want to take away a woman’s right to affordable health care. Tonight’s guests are all about demonstrating religious tolerance and respect.
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