John Guandolo, an anti-Muslim activist who appeared alongside a number of Republican presidential candidates at an event organized by Frank Gaffney in July, insisted this week that President Obama’s intention to work with U.S. Muslim communities to combat extremism is useless because all U.S. Muslim groups “share the same ideology as ISIS” and that Obama may even be committing “treason” by working with these groups. Guandolo added that the two Muslim members of Congress, Democrats Andre Carson of Indiana and Keith Ellison of Minnesota, speak “the same mantra” as Al Qaeda.
Guandolo told North Carolina talk radio host Vince Coakley on Monday that all Muslim groups share the same ideology, so, “If that’s the ideology and we’re going to rely on the Muslim community in America to help us — because he said we can’t do it without the Muslim community and we can’t do it without our quote-unquote Muslim allies — except the organizations that the U.S. government exclusively rely on to provide advice and counsel on these issues, the Muslim organizations, are all Muslim Brotherhood organizations that share the same ideology as ISIS.”
Guandolo told Coakley that Obama was not ignorant of this. “I think he knows and that the people in charge know and either this is the dumbest, most incompetent group of people ever to be assembled or there’s an intentionality here about it and they know,” he said. “And that means there’s treason going on, and I think we need to start looking legally at what the implications of this are because, as you know, I believe it is treason. I believe this is absolute treason.”
In another interview with Coakley yesterday, Guandolo insisted that the existence of Muslim reform movements proves that all Muslim ideology is the same because “why would you call for a reform if there’s nothing wrong with it?”
“Neither Andre Carson nor Keith Ellison, the two Muslim members of Congress, have ever come out and said, ‘Yes, Sharia is incompatible with U.S. Law, with the Constitution, with federal code,’” Guandolo said, picking up on the argument of Rep. Steve King. “To the contrary, they have said that Sharia is fine, there’s nothing incompatible with it, which is an absolute lie.”
“When you hear things like there are thousands of interpretations of Islamic law,” he said, “that is simply untrue. And whether the person knows it’s untrue, which, in most cases I believe that they do, or if they’re just ignorant, it doesn’t matter. That’s untrue. The bottom line is 100 percent of Sharia law mandates jihad until the world is under Sharia law, period. There’s no version of Islam that doesn’t require that, and Andre Carson and Keith Ellison know it.”
“Neither one of these guys is denouncing Sharia,” he added, “they both have aligned themselves with easily identifiable Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas organizations, and the mantra that they speak is the same mantra, quite frankly, that the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda speak, and they just do it in a little softer tone so it’s not so obvious. But it’s pretty obvious to anybody who’s paying attention to how these people communicate.”