Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed on Thursday called for Republican rivals to condemn "Islamophobia" and "racism" after comments by GOP hopeful Patrick Colbeck during a rare forum featuring all seven candidates from the two major parties.
"You may not hate Muslims, but Muslims hate you," El-Sayed said after imploring the GOP field.
The tense exchange came after Colbeck, a state senator and Canton Township Republican, reiterated his disputed and unsubstantiated claims that El-Sayed has "affiliations" with the Muslim Brotherhood. The only proof he offered was that Shelby Township Democrat was part of the Muslim Students Association while attending the University of Michigan.
The national student group was named 27 years ago in an "explanatory memo" by a Muslim Brotherhood operative and some chapters have "hosted al-Qaida leaders" for campus speeches, Colbeck claimed.