It is surely a lie to say that Huma Abedin, a Muslim who serves as an aide to Hillary Clinton, is working for the Muslim Brotherhood, as rightwing congresswoman Michele Bachmann has done.
But that doesn’t mean you should smear the Muslim Brotherhood. Notice how easily liberal Democrats do just that. Here Chris Matthews says that the Muslim Brotherhood are “the terrorists,” while also on the Matthews show, Brian Levin of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism characterized the Muslim Brotherhood as among “our enemies.” They throw these charges off– Matthews even implying last night that they are against Israel. No one challenges these liberals on these claims. Surprise– there are no Muslims in the conversation.
The Muslim Brotherhood is now the leading political bloc in Egypt. They helped bring about a historic revolution. The president of Egypt is a brother. They are a legitimate political organization whose values are changing before our eyes. Obviously the left should defend Huma Abedin. But doing so doesn’t require throwing the Muslim Brotherhood under the bus. That’s just straight up Islamophobia.