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Walsh Surprised by Reaction to Muslim Talk



    Congressman Joe Walsh seems surprised by the backlash he's received after utter controversial comments about Muslim Americans at a town hall meeting in Elk Grove Village Wednesday. 

    "It's what I've said for a year," Walsh told Ward Room Friday. 

    What he said:

    “I’m looking for some godly men and women in the Senate, in the Congress, who will stand in the face of the danger of Islam in America without political correctness."  “Islam is not the peaceful, loving religion we hear about. 

    “Your government was so afraid of doing its job, so afraid of offending Islam, that right in front of our noses, they saw what was happening at Fort Hood and because the government’s politically correct, Americans died.

    Walsh said Friday, in the face of protests by Muslim American groups that he's simply repeating a line made by Democrats in the past.

    "Eric Holder has said the terror here at home keeps him awake at night," Walsh said. "I think what we need to do more of is to be honest about what the threat is; radical Islam on 9-11 tried to kill Americans and still try to kill Americans everyday."  

    Walsh's opponent in the 2012 general election, Tammy Duckworth, called his words poorly chosen. 

    "I just think it's irresponsible," Duckworth said. " "He's put Americans in real danger."