Congressional candidate Omar Qudrat, endorsed by the San Diego County GOP, stood up Friday during a session of the California Republican Party convention and shared his story.
But after referring to the fight against ISIS as "black-and-white stuff," the former Defense Department prosecutor began describing "gray wars."
Qudrat said organizations that portray themselves as advocacy or human rights groups are "weaponizing our Constitution against itself." And he took a shot at the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, which calls itself America's largest Islamic civil liberties group.
"We have a real domestic (war) on radical Islamic terrorism," Qudrat said at a small veterans-outreach meeting at the San Diego Sheraton Hotel and Marina on Harbor Island. "The use of organizations [like] CAIR, led by somebody who openly supports terrorist networks."