Philly mayor claims he was ‘misinterpreted’ on claims terror attack had ‘nothing to do with being a Muslim or following the Islamic faith’
Philadelphia’s Mayor Jim Kenney has earned himself a place in the Doofus Hall of Fame for telling a press conference about an attempted assassination a police officer by a man who told police he acted “in the name of Islam” because “the police defend laws that are contrary to the teachings of the Quran”:
In no way shape or form does anyone in this room believe that Islam or the teaching of Islam has anything to do with what you’ve seen on the screen. That is abhorrent. It’s just terrible and it does not represent this religion in any way shape or form or any of its teachings. And this is a criminal with a stolen gun who tried to kill one of our officers. It has nothing to do with being a Muslim or following the Islamic faith.
Now he is trying to backtrack in the face of near universal mockery. But of course, he will not correct himself, retract his statement, or in any way man up. No, he blames others: the idiots who “misinterpreted” him – especially Republicans and Rush Limbaugh. Via CBS Philadelphia:
I don’t think speculation is effective. We have to wait and see what the FBI and Philadelphia Police Department discover. Then we will make a determination based on facts. I think speculation has made this thing run wild, scaring people and putting people at risk. I have confidence in the FBI and our police department working together to determine the actual reasons for this. In the meantime, we are concerned for Officer Hartnett and his family and the rest of the police to make sure they are safe.
The 200,000 Muslims who live in Philadelphia are not represented by the actions of Mr. Archer. He is a criminal and they are not criminals. I think it is important that we make very clear that regardless of where this leads that those folks, who are God-fearing, tax paying Americans, should not be painted with that broad brush. I think it is important that we highlight that.
... Was I misinterpreted by Republicans? Yes, I think it’s pretty easy for them to do. They misinterpret a lot of things. The FBI and police have not concluded that this is an act of terrorism. They are investigating it as it could be, but I think our FBI and police know more than Rush Limbaugh.
He is in a hole and can’t stop digging. I recommend that the mayor read Suras 9 through 14 of the Quran and educate himself on the Islamic faith and violence.
Hat tip: iOTWReport