Former Congressman Joe Walsh (R-Il.) challenged Attorney General Loretta Lynch to "prosecute" him after she threatened to go after those who used "anti-Muslim" speech that "edges toward violence."
As The Daily Wire reported Friday, the day after the attack by a radical Muslim couple in San Bernardino, Lynch told a Muslim advocacy and lobbying group that her "greatest fear" was the rise of an anti-Muslim backlash in America and pledged to prosecute those whose "anti-Muslim" speech "edges toward violence."
"Now obviously this is a country that is based on free speech, but when it edges towards violence, when we see the potential for someone lifting that mantle of anti-Muslim rhetoric—or, as we saw after 9/11, violence directed at individuals who may not even be Muslims but perceived to be Muslims, and they will suffer just as much—when we see that we will take action," said Lynch. She added later, "I think it’s important that as we again talk about the importance of free speech we make it clear that actions predicated on violent talk are not America. They are not who we are, they are not what we do, and they will be prosecuted."
"And you know what Loretta Lynch, if that bothers you, prosecute me. Throw me in jail."
Former Congressman Joe Walsh
In a video posted to Facebook, Walsh responded angrily, saying, "I can say whatever I want about Christians, Jews or Muslims. I think Islam has a real freaking problem, alright? There is a cancer in Islam, and if they're not going to learn to assimilate I don't want them in this country. You've got a problem with me saying that, Loretta Lynch? Then throw me in jail."
Walsh then said he thought Islam is "evil" and has "a huge problem."
"I think most Muslims around the world are not compatible with American values. I don't want them here," Walsh said.
The conservative radio host then fumed that Lynch was worried about an anti-Muslim backlash when 14 Americans were murdered in the San Bernardino terrorist attack and that he would actually "encourage a backlash."
"And you know what Loretta Lynch, if that bothers you, prosecute me. Throw me in jail," Walsh said.
Below the video on Facebook, Walsh wrote:
The day after Muslim terrorists killed 14 Americans, Attorney General Loretta Lynch vowed to prosecute anyone who uses "anti-Muslim rhetoric" that "edges toward violence."
What the hell does that mean? I have a 1st Amendment right, Ms Lynch, to say whatever I want about Muslims, Christians or any other religion.
You want to try and prosecute me for what I say? I dare you.
If "Moderate" Muslims don't speak out against terrorism, they are our enemy and we should call them out.
Islam, as practiced by most Muslims, is not a religion of peace, and all of us who do live in peace should do whatever we can to defeat Islam.
There Ms Lynch. As an American, I have a right to say everything I just did. And I will continue to speak the truth about Islam in the hopes that others will wake up to this truth and do what we can to defeat this evil in our midst.
After massive backlash over the weekend, Lynch "recalibrated" her rhetoric Monday, underscoring that her department would only prosecute "deeds not words."
(h/t: The Right Scoop)