An ‘Ellison said, Pompeo said’ situation

In an ABC News interview highlighting his status as the first Muslim elected to Congress, Rep. Keith Ellison (in photo), D-Minn., mentioned a fellow House member who “said Muslim Americans are not condemning terrorism enough.” That was a reference to a June floor speech by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita. Ellison’s anecdote continued: “And I said, ‘well, let me guarantee you, Muslims are condemning terrorism every day all the time…’ and I gave him a whole list, and he said, ‘Thanks for telling me, I didn’t know, I won’t be saying that again.’” Asked about the incident, Pompeo told The Eagle editorial board in a statement: “Rep. Ellison’s claim is wrong. I continue to believe that Islamic clerics in mosques and the madrassas around the world have an obligation to consistently denounce terrorism done in the name of their faith. While it is true that Rep. Ellison did complain to me on the House floor, it is a shame that he did so by simply repeating the comments of (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) and demanding I back down.”