WASHINGTON, D.C. – Steve King said this week that socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders attacked him after questions were raised about a Muslim Congressman’s loyalty to the Constitution versus Sharia Law.
Rep. Steve King, who represents Mason City, Ames, and other cities in Iowa’s Fourth District, participated in a recent interview with Chris Hayes on MSNBC. “I asked the tough question of whether Congressman Keith Ellison (Democrat representing District 5, Minnesota), a Muslim, would put the Constitution above Sharia Law, the rules of the Muslim faith.
“I asked, “Which is superior? The Constitution or Sharia law? And in Sharia law, by their teachings, is superior to everything else. It replaces everything else. It replaces the Constitution itself. So you can’t be assimilated into the American civilization and accept Sharia law as being superior to our Constitution. It’s antithetical to Americanism.”
According to King, his questions “led to an attack on Twitter by socialist Bernie Sanders, who attempted to ridicule my opposition to Sharia Law.”
Sanders, on December 11, Tweeted “Steve King’s attack on Keith Ellison is the kind of bigotry we must reject. Keith’s life of service represents the best of American values.”
King responded to Sanders, saying “No, Bernie Sanders, the Constitution is the supreme law of the land. Shari Law is incompatible with Americanism.”
At the same time, a civic action organization called “NIAC Action” which claims to be “committed to advancing peace and championing the priorities of the Iranian-American community” and “works to maximize the political influence of Iranian Americans” also blasted King for his remarks.
“NIAC Action condemns remarks by Rep. Steve King in which he suggested that Rep. Keith Ellison’s commitment to upholding the Constitution should be in question because they are Muslim. The real question is how anyone who openly calls for religious discrimination against fellow Americans can be trusted to uphold the Constitution, which fundamentally protects religious freedom. Reps. Ellison and Carson, like other Muslim Americans, have made extraordinary contributions to this country, including through their service in Congress. Attacks on their faith are an insult to the core, founding principles of America that make our country great.”