Fair Warning? Holder Tells Americans No Retaliation Against Innocent Muslims
Megyn Kelly asks: Is this really the time to bring this up?
Attorney General Eric Holder cautioned Americans Monday not to retaliate against innocent Muslims or Chechens in the wake of the Boston bombings, while also vowing to bring the suspects to justice.
"Just as we will pursue relentlessly anyone who would target our people or attempt to terrorize our cities, the Justice Department is firmly committed to protecting innocent people against misguided acts of retaliation," Holder said in remarks to the Anti-Defamation League.
He went on to point out "more than 800 incidents involving threats, assaults, and acts of vandalism and violence targeting Muslims, Arabs, Sikhs, South Asians, and others who are perceived to be members of these groups" since 9/11. He called on Americans to "resolve once more to help our fellow citizens to meet fear with reason ... We must not tolerate acts of hatred. And we must reaffirm every day ... that justice and public safety are not in tension. They rely upon one another."
Megyn Kelly said these statements are not controversial "when you disconnect them to the Boston bombings." But she questioned why the attorney general is focusing on backlash against Muslims at this particular time.
"Has there been backlash against Muslims in the wake of Boston and is this the time for the attorney general to be effectively scolding Americans not to be bigoted, and not to be ignorant?" she asked. She discussed the issue with Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, and Julian Epstein, former chief counsel for the House Judiciary Committee.
Epstein praised Holder's remarks, saying it is "very common" in the wake of a terror attack like Boston for threats to come in against innocent Muslims.
Sekulow called out Holder for making "platitudes" at a time when he should be focused on the "complete intelligence failure" that led to the Boston attack. He then criticized Holder for allowing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to be Mirandized after 16 hours of questioning, cutting off a key FBI interrogation.
The trio discussed whether Tsarnaev should have been read his Miranda rights in the second part of the segment.