NH GOP - SHAHEEN TRYING TO WALK BACK NAÏVE STATEMENTS ON BOKO HARAM

Concord - After facing criticism for her naïve statements on Boko Haram, Senator Shaheen's staff is trying to walk back her troubling remarks.

 

Last week, in a hearing on Capitol Hill, Senator Jeanne Shaheen dismissed Boko Haram's Islamic roots, despite glaring evidence that this terrorist group has kidnapped hundreds of Nigerian girls and forced them to practice radical Islam.

 

During an exchange with Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Robert Jackson, Senator Shaheen agreed, "Boko Haram's philosophy is not an Islamic philosophy."

 

Just one day later, Senator Shaheen's staff tried to walk back her clearly uniformed statements. As reported by the New Hampshire Union Leader, her spokesman denied that Senator Shaheen said Boko Haram has nothing to do with religion. 

 

"Senator Shaheen's statements on Boko Haram exposed her dangerous and naïve perception that radical Islam bears no influence on a terrorist organization that shares Al-Qaeda's mission. But now her staffers are trying to dishonestly claim that the didn't say what she actually said about this terrorist organization," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "We live in a dangerous world, and Granite Staters deserve a senator who actually understands the threat that radical Islam poses to Western Society." 

 

The State Department has acknowledged that it could have acted sooner to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist organization. 

 

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