Trump advisor Gorka suggests Minnesota mosque bombing carried out by 'left'

Local Muslim leaders denounced Gorka's remarks, calling them hypocritical.
By Jason Spencer | Aug 11, 2017
When White House national security advisor Sebastian Gorka was asked on MSNBC to explain President Trump's failure to comment on the bombing at a Minnesota mosque Saturday, he said the president is waiting for more information about the incident because it could have been a phony hate crime perpetrated by Trump's political opponents on the left.

"There's a great rule: All initial reports are false," said Gorka, as reported by HuffPost. "You have to check them and find out who the perpetrators are. We've had a series of crimes committed, alleged hate crimes, by right-wing individuals in the last six months, that turned out to actually have been propagated by the left."

Asked why the president commented on the June terrorist attack in London immediately but has remained silent on the attack at Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center, Gorka said, "People fake hate crimes."

Local Muslim leaders denounced Gorka's remarks, calling them hypocritical.

"I find this comment outrageous and offensive," Asad Zaman, director of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, told BuzzFeed News. "Waiting for an investigation to be complete has not been something Trump has done when the perpetrators have been Muslim. This hypocrisy must be called out. What prevents the president from expressing sympathy for members of the house of worship that was attacked?"

Trump has stayed conspicuously silent when it comes to attacks on Muslims. For example, he never mentioned the February shooting deaths of six people inside a mosque in Quebec City or the attack on mosque-goers in London in which one man was killed.

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