Former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh tore into Attorney General Loretta Lynch for saying she would prosecute Americans for “anti-Muslim” rhetoric at the 10th Anniversary Dinner of Muslim Advocates.
“I think Islam has a real freaking problem, alright?” Walsh said in a video posted to his Facebook page. “There is a cancer in Islam, and if they’re not going to learn to assimilate, I don’t want them in this country.”
The group Lynch was speaking to was the same group that lobbied the Obama administration to scrub all references to Islam and jihad in training manuals and courses used to train agents in intelligence agencies.
“When we talk about the First Amendment we [must] make it clear that actions predicated on violent talk are not American. They are not who we are, they are not what we do, and they will be prosecuted,” Lynch said at the banquet. “My message not just to the Muslim community but to all Americans is: we cannot give in to the fear that these backlashes are really based on.”
Lynch has also called on Muslim parents to contact her if their children are bullied in school, which was one of many comments that didn’t sit well with detractors, i.e. those who value the First Amendment. She also said the San Bernardino jihadist attack gave her a “wonderful opportunity.”
“You got a problem, Loretta Lynch, with me saying that? Then throw me in jail,” Walsh, who is now a conservative talk show host, said. “I think Islam is evil. I think Islam has a huge problem. I think most Muslims around the world are not compatible with American values. I don’t want them here.”
Walsh accompanied his Facebook post with text that included far stronger language than his video Saturday morning, adding that “most Muslims around the world are terrorists, support terrorism and/or support Sharia Law.”
“Any Muslim that is a terrorist or supports terrorism should be killed,” Walsh wrote. “If ‘Moderate’ Muslims don’t speak out against terrorism, they are our enemy and we should call them out and kick them out of this country.”