Target: Congresswoman Michele Bachmann
Goal: Formally apologize for unfounded terrorist accusations against a respected American Muslim woman.
Representative Michele Bachmann recently accused Huma Abedin, an American Muslim woman working under Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, of attempting to infiltrate the U.S. government as an agent of the Muslim Brotherhood. The hideous accusation is based on unfounded claims that Abedin has family connections with members of the Brotherhood. Bachmann should apologize for her unsubstantiated, fear-mongering allegations.
In a letter to various government agencies, Bachmann asks that Abedin be put under investigation based solely on her heritage. Huma Abedin was born in Michigan, has served the White House since 1996, and has been recognized by Time Magazine as a rising star among civic leaders. She currently serves as deputy chief of staff and aid to Hilary Clinton, a prestigious position earned through her dedicated work for the United States. Bachmann’s suggestions assume guilt by association, as well as general racial and religious profiling based on Abedin’s Muslim heritage and Islamic beliefs.
This is nothing more than a witch hunt, the likes of which must not be tolerated in our country. Bachmann’s position as a representative of the American people holds her to higher standards, and we must insist that these standards be met. By signing the petition below, you can ask Representative Michele Bachmann to issue a formal apology for her insulting accusations against Huma Abedin.
Dear Representative Bachmann,
Your recent letter concerning Huma Abedin and other American Muslim citizens was both unfounded and disrespectful. Our country has moved beyond the age of fostering suspicion based upon religious affiliations and family ties. You have attacked the integrity of a respected civic leader who has worked for this country for decades, and the resulting public outrage is obvious and understandable.
Your statement in response to this controversy fails to even acknowledge Huma Abedin, let alone apologize to her. Instead, you take the opportunity to rant about the Obama administration. Rather than admit your own wrongdoing, you attempt to deflect attention towards your own personal agenda. Please acknowledge that your claims against Huma Abedin were outrageous and unsubstantiated in a formal public apology.
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