Had the Muslim Brotherhood been identified as a terrorist organization (even Saudi Arabia has done this) and enemy of the U.S. after the 9/11 attacks, any Congressman caught aiding or accepting money from said group would be guilty of treason. Last October, Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA) defended Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. Now it’s been learned that in a little less than two weeks, Mr. Connolly will be accepting campaign contributions at a Muslim Brotherhood fundraiser.
U.S.-based Muslim Brotherhood allies Akram Elzend and Sameh Elhennawy will co-host a fundraiser for Connolly later this month at the Fairfax residence of Mohamed Mohamed, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
Attendees of the March 22 fundraiser are asked to donate between $150 and $400 in order to attend the event, where supporters will have a chance to “express appreciation and have direct conversation with” Connolly, according to the invitation.
A form attached to the invitation asks donors to include their personal information and contains a message that the materials were “paid for and authorized by Connolly for Congress.”
With that as a backdrop, check out Connolly’s exchange with Elizabeth (Beth) Jones, then Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Near East Affairs, below. Connolly clearly has a problem with the removal of Mohammed Mursi as President of Egypt and in his argument, compares the Mursi regime to that of Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon during the Vietnam war. His point, ostensibly, is that protests should not lead to the removal of a democratically-elected government and that Mursi was removed via coup.
As an aside, Jones is the State Department employee who identified Ansar Al-Sharia, which comes under the Muslim Brotherhood umbrella, as the “group that conducted the (Benghazi) attacks” shortly after they happened, via email.
Lost on Connolly – no doubt, intentionally – is that the Muslim Brotherhood used democracy to put a tyrannical government in power. Connolly’s upcoming attendance at the Brotherhood-friendly fundraiser speaks volumes.
As the Free Beacon points out, Elzend is a Mursi supporter and founder of a group that was caught in an unflattering video last month in New York City:
Elzend is a co-founder and chair of the pro-Morsi group Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights (EADHR), which held a rally last month outside of the Saudi Arabian consulate in New York.
Demonstrators at the rally were caught accusing the Saudis of trying to “sell Egypt to the Jews” and of being “dirtier than Jews,” according to video of the event published by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT).
This is not the only instance of Connolly siding with the Brotherhood. Last year, Connolly ran interference for the IRS at a House Oversight Committee hearing. In one exchange with Chairman Darrell Issa, Connolly asserted that progressive groups had been targeted in the scandal as well; that is a lie. If, in his capacity as Executive Director for the Islamic Da’wa Organization (IDO), Malik Obama both works with the Muslim Brotherhood and received expeditious / illegal tax-exempt status from then IRS official Lois Lerner, Connolly’s claims at this hearing would be consistent with aiding and abetting the Brotherhood:
Democrats Jim McDermott and Elijah Cummings have similarly gone out of their way to defend the IRS: