Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdulrahman Mohamed El-Sayed is drawing attention for his final comment during an exchange with Republican candidate Patrick Colbeck.
The exchange began when Colbeck was trying to explain the ills of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization, with which he claimed El-Sayed has ties through a former affiliation with the Muslim Students Association.
Colbeck argued that just because the Muslim Brotherhood has “Muslim” in its name doesn’t mean that this is a strictly religious issue.
“By the way, just because it has the word ‘Muslim’ in it doesn’t mean it’s specific to Muslims,” Colbeck said. “It’s a political organization that’s actually identified by Muslim-majority countries like Egypt, Saudi Arabia and UAE [United Arab Emirates] as a terrorist organization.”
After El-Sayed used the U.S. Constitution to rebuff claims that employing Sharia law would be impossible in this country, he decided to respond to Colbeck.
El-Sayed played the race card — even though Islam isn’t a race, but a religion — by accusing Republicans of not calling out Islamophobia when it appears. This came after a rebuttal in which Colbeck claimed that he loves Muslims.
Here's what El-Sayed said:
What frustrates me more is not that you have blatant racism on the part of certain people. But, what frustrates me more is in the words of Martin Luther King is that one of the most dangerous aspects is not when bad people speak out, it’s when good people fail to speak up. And what I have not heard is the Republicans on this panel decisively and swiftly call out this kind of Islamophobia, this kind of racism, in the context that they are running to represent that has the highest per-capita number of Muslim-Americans in the country.
In the aftermath of basically calling his Republican opponents racists, El-Sayed lost his cool and told the audience how he really felt.
“Now, you may not hate Muslims,” El-Sayed continued, “but Muslims definitely hate you.”
For video of the exchange, watch below: