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Tensions Flare On Michigan Senate Floor Over GOP Senator’s Muslim Brotherhood Remarks

Apr 27, 2018

Michigan Senator Patrick Colbeck
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State senators sparred on the chamber floor Thursday.  The issue stems from one senator’s comments about the Muslim Brotherhood.


Republican Senator Patrick Colbeck is running for governor.  He recently took an unsubstantiated swipe at a Muslim, Democratic candidate for the same office.

Colbeck said Abdul El-Sayed has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.  He has offered no evidence to support his claim. 

During floor speeches, Colbeck further reiterated his unsubstantiated belief that members of the brotherhood are engaged in a so-called “civilization jihad” against the US.

Following Colbeck’s floor speech, Democratic Senator David Knezek took the microphone.  He accused Colbeck of only saying these things behind closed doors.

“Yes, I hope you’re looking at me, Senator, as I call you a coward.”

Colbeck said he is not accusing all Muslims of these beliefs.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org