(USA TODAY) Maureen (GNS) Groppe, December 8, 2015 — Rep. Andre Carson, one of two Muslim members of Congress, said Tuesday he’s received a death threat he attributes in part to politicians “fanning the flames of bigotry.”
Speaking on CNN about Donald Trump’s call Monday for a “total and complete” ban on Muslims entering the United States, the Indianapolis Democrat said such public comments are putting Muslims and others in the line of fire.
“I just received a death threat yesterday in my own office, and it’s largely in part to this toxic environment,” Carson said. “What concerns me is you have the demagoguery taking place from people who are seeking to become president of the United States. You have other politicians who are joining the bandwagon and who are fanning the flames of bigotry.”