Muslim leaders have condemned a White House official who said that a suspected terror attack on a Minnesota mosque may have been a false flag attack carried out by leftists.
Sebastian Gorka, a deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, said in an appearance on MSNBC Tuesday that the White House would not be commenting on the incident until it has “some kind of finalized investigation.”
Trump has been criticized for not issuing a statement on the attack, which has been described as “a criminal act of terrorism” by Minnesota governor Mark Dayton, and is being investigated by the FBI.
He said the White House would “wait and see” if the blast turned out to be a fake attack.
Asad Zaman, the director of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, slammed Gorka’s remarks.
“I find this comment outrageous and offensive. Waiting for an investigation to be complete has not been something Trump has done when the perpetrators have been Muslim. This hypocrisy must be called out. What prevents the president from expressing sympathy for members of the house of worship that was attacked?” he told Buzzfeed News.
Ibrahim Hooper, the national communications director for the Council on American Islamic Relations told Politico: “[Trump] really needs to speak out against these type of things, because those who support him take his silence as tacit support,”
An explosion went off Saturday morning in the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in a Minneapolis suburb as worshippers were arriving for prayer. No-one was injured in the blast, which heavily damaged the imam’s office and shattered windows.
“When we have some kind of finalized investigation, absolutely—so, you know, there’s a great rule, all initial reports are false, you have to check them and you have to find out who the perpetrators are,” Gorka said in response to a question about whether the White House will address the bombing.
“We’ve had a series of crimes committed, alleged hate crimes, by right-wing individuals in the last six months that turned out to actually have been propagated by the left,” he said. “So let’s wait and see and allow local authorities to provide their assessment. And then the White House will make its comments.”
Gorka said there have been “fake hate crimes” so the White House was not responding to the attack.
“The question of who does it is a question. When you’ve had people fake hate crimes in the last six months with…