Ellison: Trump's failure to mark Minnesota mosque bombing an 'outrage'

Ellison: Trump's failure to mark Minnesota mosque bombing an 'outrage'
© Haiyun Jiang

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) went after President Trump on Wednesday for failing to condemn the recent bombing of a mosque in Minnesota.

"The President's failure to condemn the terrorist attack on the Bloomington Islamic Center is an outrage," Ellison, the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), said, according to Bloomberg News.

"It suggests that his oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, including the right to equal protection under the law, only extends to people who meet certain racial and religious criteria."


An improvised explosive device was responsible for the blast at Bloomington’s Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center, the FBI said Saturday.

No one was injured in the attack that caused damage to the imam's office.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) on Sunday said the bombing was "an act of terrorism." He and other officials visited the site on Sunday.

"What a terrible, dastardly, cowardly act was committed," Dayton said, calling it a hate crime. 

"Anything I can do to put a stop to it, I would gladly do.”

The Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center’s executive director told BuzzFeed News on Monday that Trump should come see what happened at the center.

“He is the president of this country, and this happened to us. He has to come here and at least express his feelings and say this is bad,” Mohamed Omar told the news outlet.

Trump has yet to comment on the attack.