After NYC, New Jersey Explosions, Senator Calls For Rounding Up 'Muslim Sympathizers' 'Regardless Who Is Responsible For These Attacks'

Steph Bazzle

The aftermath of the NYC and New Jersey explosions is not the first time that Arkansas Senator Jason Rapert has been at the center of controversy. Last year, he issued a tweet after a discussion with a constituent in a parking lot that led many to conclude he was threatening to shoot citizens who questioned him, though he denied the tweet was about that interaction.

Now Rapert has spoken out about the explosions in NYC and New Jersey, along with the mass stabbing at a mall in Minnesota, asserting that these prove all "Muslim extremist sympathizers" should be "rounded up," and no more Muslims should be allowed to enter the U.S. Further, he indicated that if Hillary Clinton is elected, these explosions are only a preview of what can be expected in the future.

However, Senator Rapert didn't wait to confirm that the explosions were intentional terrorist acts before suggesting they prove the dangers of Islamic ideology. In fact, he said Saturday night that the rounding-up he proposes should be done:

Regardless of who is responsible for these events today.

Officials are refraining from labeling explosions an act of terrorism until they determine more about the motivation and perpetrator. They say no group or individual has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) September 18, 2016

Regardless of who is responsible for these events today - we need to round up every single Muslim extremist sympathizer and other anti-American crazies and detain them or deport them. And for goodness sake - stop bringing more Muslims into this nation.

Later, Rapert added a comment that gave the appearance of a confirmation about Islamic extremism behind the NYC and New Jersey explosions, as well as a stabbing in Minnesota.

However, the article to which Senator Rapert links does not address the motivations for the explosions at all -- instead, it is a Fox News report that asserts a motivation only for the attack in Minnesota.

Like NYC officials, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton released a statement asserting that the motivation behind the attack is not yet confirmed. He went a step farther, taking the exact opposite view from that of Rapert, as he called for religious tolerance.

I ask everyone in the St. Cloud area and throughout Minnesota to rise above this atrocity and act to make religious and racial tolerance one of the ways in which Minnesotans again lead our country.

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