On Thursday, I spotted a post at the Washington Examiner that caught my attention. The headline read: “AG Lynch to Muslim community: You ‘are under our protection‘.
My initial reaction, of course, was, “say what?”
Curious, I took a look at the article, which contained this:
In the aftermath of the Orlando shooting, which was carried out by a self-radicalized 29 year old, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggested the local Muslim community did not do its part in notifying law enforcement authorities to monitor Omar Mateen.
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“You will find that many people that knew him felt that he was a whack job,” Trump told CNN last week. “People that knew him, the ex-wife, other people. They don’t report them. For some reason the Muslim community does not report people like this.”
Lynch countered Trump on Sunday, claiming Muslim communities “are targeted as well [and] they are often swept up in this.”
“So we want to make sure that every community in the United States knows that they are under our protection,” she said.
I did a little more digging and I found video of the segment and listened to the whole thing to put it all in context. That video is below. The relevant portion starts at about 8:53 into the interview. Take a listen and decide for yourself:
Was Lynch talking specifically about the Muslim community or was she talking about all communities in the country? It’s easy to see how one can believe she’s talking specifically about the Muslim community, especially given her recent statement that love is the most effective deterrent against terrorism and her admission that the FBI lost Omar Mateen’s wife, but I tend to think she’s referring to the country as a whole.
After all, isn’t it the DOJ’s job to protect everyone regardless of their religion or belief? I would hope so.
But hey, I’ve been wrong before. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.
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