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AUDIO: Connolly Supports Hamas-Backed Government, Defends Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt’s Morsi as “Democratically Elected”

Incumbent Congressman Supports Sending Taxpayer Money to a Known Terrorist Group        

Springfield, VA – Congressman Gerry Connolly’s recent speech (full audio here) to a group of Arab-Americans has come under fire as audio surfaced of Connolly speaking in defense of sending United States tax dollars to known terrorists.

“When there are voices calling for the defunding of the Palestinian Authority, I oppose them, publically,” Connolly said, later referring to the Palestinian Authority (PA) as just “Palestine.” Calls came to defund the PA after Hamas—designated a “terrorist group” by the United States and much of the Western world—officially joined the PA’s unity government. With the United States still sending funding to the PA, our government is now directly funding a terrorist group and their attacks on Israel.

At this same speech, Connolly called a large group of Virginians “bigots” for having concerns over potential terror activity in Northern Virginia. Connolly also spoke in defense of deposed Egypt dictator Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, saying, “I was the only member of the Foreign Affairs Committee who spoke out against the Egyptian military after the coup, because they overthrew a democratically elected government, whether we like it or not.”

Connolly was the only member of the Foreign Affairs Committee who opposed Morsi’s removal—despite Morsi granting himself unlimited powers, persecuting Coptic Christians, censoring and prosecuting the media, and attacking nonviolent protestors.

Suzanne Scholte, the Republican candidate facing Connolly in Virginia’s 11th district, said, “There’s a reason Gerry Connolly was the lone supporter of Morsi on the Foreign Affairs Committee—it’s because his views are even more extreme than the most liberal members of his own Party.”

“Defending and tolerating Morsi’s actions shows how radical Connolly has become on foreign policy. America needs to defend those persecuted in Egypt, not support the persecutors.”

“We also need to destroy terrorists, not fund them. Sending money to Hamas is reckless and hurts Israel, our closest ally in the Middle East—while destabilizing the entire region by legitimizing a terrorist group with U.S. dollars,” Scholte continued.

Scholte also highlighted Connolly’s support of the weakening of the United States Military, adding, “After these statements, no one should be surprised Gerry Connolly voted for the defense cuts in the sequester bill. His extreme stances do not take foreign threats seriously and are jeopardizing our national security.”