California Dem hits Trump Jr. over claims of links to extremist groups

California Dem hits Trump Jr. over claims of links to extremist groups
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A California Democrat hit back at President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE's eldest son on Thursday after Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump campaign selling branded plastic straws as alternative to 'liberal paper straws' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question Trump set to host controversial social media summit MORE accused the candidate of links to extremist groups through the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim civil rights group.

Ammar Campa-Najjar, a Democrat running to replace Rep. Duncan HunterDuncan Duane HunterOvernight Defense: House votes to block Trump arms sales to Saudis, setting up likely veto | US officially kicks Turkey out of F-35 program | Pentagon sending 2,100 more troops to border Marine Corps tells Duncan Hunter to stop using official emblem, slogan for campaign Duncan Hunter, Democratic opponent seek money advantage ahead of 2020 rematch MORE (R-Calif.), tweeted a picture of himself meeting then-candidate Donald Trump in 2015, questioning Trump Jr. whether he could explain why his father was meeting with a so-called "terrorist sympathizer" if the allegations were true.

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His tweet followed a message from Trump Jr. calling CAIR, which Campa-Najjar has donated to, a "radical Islamist group."

"Hey @DonaldJTrumpJr, before retweeting @BreitbartNews charged allegations — might want to check with POTUS. I was given security clearance from the FBI in 2013 and met with @realDonaldTrump in 2015. Do you think your father met with a terrorist sympathizer? Doubt it," responded Campa-Najjar.

CAIR has fended off allegations from right-wing organizations including Breitbart News in the past over its alleged affiliations with Hamas, the Palestinian militant group designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. CAIR has repeatedly denied any affiliation with Hamas, and has condemned its terrorist activities.

Campa-Najjar's race against Hunter received nationwide attention after Hunter was indicted earlier this year on charges of misusing about $250,000 in campaign funds, while vowing to remain in the race.