Muslim congressman accuses Trump aide of 'fear mongering'

Muslim congressman calls on GOP to condemn Trump
Muslim congressman calls on GOP to condemn Trump


    Muslim congressman calls on GOP to condemn Trump


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Story highlights

  • Rep. Keith Ellison and Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway argued over Twitter
  • The Minnesota Democrat suggested she was criticizing Islam unfairly

(CNN)Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, got in a social media spat with Donald Trump's campaign manager Tuesday, accusing her of "fear mongering."

Kellyanne Conway tweeted a link to a New York Post article about a Muslim man in Pakistan who killed his sister, writing: "Muslim kills sister bc she married a Christian. Their father upset bc son's income gone & bc daughter brought shame."
    Ellison, a Democrat, replied: ".@KellyannePolls, was a widely respected @GOP insider. Now fear mongering as Trump's campaign manager. This is @realDonaldTrump's party now."
    "What does pointing to one individual doing a horrible thing in a nation of 196 million Muslims have to do with our election?" he tweeted.
    Many have accused Trump of stirring up bigotry throughout his campaign, including his call for a temporary ban of Muslims immigrating to the US.
    "It is a news story. You made it political. (After Bill Clinton trashing Obamacare story, this was 2nd most trended story in today's NYPost)," Conway responded to Ellison.
    This is not Ellison's first time publicly criticizing the Trump campaign. In early August, after Trump attacked the Gold Star Khan family, Ellison issued a sharp rebuke to Republicans saying that the GOP is at a "moral fork in the road."
    "Good for Mitch McConnell for saying Capt. Khan is a hero, but they're saying this within the context of their Republican nominee disparaging his family," Ellison had said on CNN's "New Day." "The Republican Party is at a moral fork in the road -- they have to now decide who they are and what they are."
    Ellison added that Republican leaders should "ask themselves whether they are damaging their own credibility by being associated with him."