Nikhil Kumar joins us as a writer from Carnegie Mellon University. A student in economics and statistics, Nikhil has an impressive and unparalleled knowledge of financial and economic behavior. He is the Vice-Chair and CFO of The Politikon Review, and we are honored to host his commentary. His bio will soon follow.
Recently, Congresswoman Michelle Bachman along with four other Congressmen have accused Huma Abedin, Deputy Chief of Staff and top aid to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, of having ties to the ‘radical Muslim brotherhood.’ This statement is absolutely ridiculous and insulting to Huma Abedin, Hilary Clinton, and all Muslim Americans. It shows Bachman’s utter ignorance and disrespect for people of the Muslim faith. The alleged logic that Bachman employs to cite how various members of Jihad can be related to members of Abedin’s family is factually incorrect since the accusation stems from Bachman’s inability to trust and tolerate Muslims in America. Abedin has been a U.S. civil servant for over 15 years and has continuously received great praise for her work. She remains to be one of our nation’s top scholars in foreign policy and has proven to be an invaluable asset to Hilary Clinton and the State Department. It is commendable that Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Ed Rollins came out to support and defend Abedin from this ridiculous accusation. In particular, Senator McCain was correct in making a statement on the Senate floor publicly scolding Bachman for her accusation and demanding that she issue a formal apology to Abedid. Speaker of the House John Boehner also told reporters, “I don’t know Huma. But from everything that I do know of her, she has a sterling character, and I think accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous.” People of both parties are continuing to ask Bachman to apologize for her remarks in addition to clearing her irrational prejudices against Muslim Americans. This is not the first time that a politician has come out with rhetoric of this sort, and unfortunately, this won’t be the last.