The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Muslim advocacy group accused by Ben Carson of being un-American, fired back at the retired neurosurgeon Tuesday.

"You've got a presidential candidate whose campaign is circling the drain and he's doing anything he can do to spark some sense of relevance," Ibrahim Hooper, the national communications director for CAIR told POLITICO. "Anti-Muslim bigotry worked for him in the past so he thinks it may work for him again."

Carson on Tuesday criticized the president for allowing two members of CAIR to attend the address, saying that the organization was "not pro-American." He was discussing a new foreign policy plan he released on CNN's "New Day." Two Democratic lawmakers—Zoe Lofgren of California and Alcee Hastings of Florida—will be bringing one representative from their respective state's CAIR chapter, the organization announced Monday.

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