Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who wants DHS to take control of the presidential election, told Muslims he would “protect” them from Americans during a speech at a mosque not long after the San Bernardino shooting.
During a Dec. 2015 speech at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), one of the largest mosques in the U.S., Johnson compared the “fear, suspicions and prejudice” Muslims face in America to McCarthyism.
“In 1949, during the McCarthy era, my own grandfather was called upon to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee, to deny he was a member of the Communist Party and defend the patriotism of African-Americans,” Johnson said. “Today his grandson is responsible for the homeland security of this entire nation.”
ADAMS leadership asked DHS to hold a “National Security and Civil Rights” press conference in the aftermath of the San Bernardino terrorist attack, to which Johnson happily agreed, Judicial Watch reported.
Several months later, Johnson was grilled by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) over the “systematic scrubbing of law enforcement and intelligence materials” linking recent terror attacks to Islam.
“When you erase references to radical jihad, it impacts the behavior of law enforcement and national security to respond to red flags and prevent terrorist attacks before they occur,” Cruz told Johnson.
And now Johnson wants power to oversee the upcoming election between Clinton and Trump, the latter of whom has been an outspoken critic of Islamic terrorism and the Obama administration’s attempt to downplay the attacks as “workplace violence.”
“We should carefully consider whether our election system, our election process, is critical infrastructure like the financial sector, like the power grid,” Johnson claimed. “There’s a vital national interest in our election process, so I do think we need to consider whether it should be considered by my department and others critical infrastructure.”