Muslim Congressmen: Trump Not Alone in Toxic Rhetoric

The two Muslims in Congress attempted to tie the Trump controversy to other candidates who have made their own comments about followers of Islam. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Just a few days after Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump issued a call to ban Muslims from entering the country, the only two Muslims in Congress slammed the GOP presidential field for what they view as equally anti-Muslim rhetoric.  

“Our Republican friends have a responsibility to dial down the hatred," said Rep. André Carson, D-Ind., who mentioned that he received a death threat over the weekend that he attributes to an increasingly "toxic" climate toward those who share his faith. Speaking along with him on a call organized by the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., said "this is not a Trump problem alone," and attempted to tie the controversy to other candidates who have made their own comments about Muslims.