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NV Dems Statement on Congressman Heck Fueling Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theories

BuzzFeed: “Nevada Congressman Joe Heck…claims Muslims have tried to implement Sharia law in Michigan. The claim, which originated from a 2013 report on a satirical website, has been routinely debunked by fact-checking organizations and news outlets.”

“When pushed by audience members who claimed that a large portion of Muslims in America supported Sharia law, Heck concurred.”

Las Vegas, NV – Today, BuzzFeed News reported on comments made by Congressman Heck during an event in which he pandered to extremist, anti-Muslim views by reiterating a false claim made by a satirical website, that Muslims in Michigan attempted to implement Sharia Law. Per BuzzFeed:

“When pushed by audience members who claimed that a large portion of Muslims in America supported Sharia law, Heck concurred. ‘Depending on where, like, there are certain pockets throughout the country, like, certainly up in Michigan, is a high area, where there are areas where they have tried to implement their version of Sharia law in the United States,’ Heck said.”

Congressman Heck’s comments are downright Trumpian – highlighting the fear-mongering and conspiracy theories that are now the talking points of Congressman Heck’s Republican Party,” said Sarah Zukowski, spokesperson for the Nevada State Democratic Party. “Congressman Heck has continued to support Donald Trump despite Trump’s increasingly bigoted, racist, and misogynist comments and agenda, so it is not very surprising that he shares Trump’s anti-Muslim views based on ridiculous debunked lies. Whether it is hurting Nevada’s economy and families with their anti-immigrant agenda, their shared anti-women policies, or spewing lies about the Muslim community, Congressman Heck is the model member for the Party of Trump.”

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