Justin is at it again. When he’s not courting the infant vote, he’s doing anything and everything to court the minority vote.
Trudeau recently visited the Al Sunnah Al-Nabawiah mosque in his Quebec riding of Papineau. This is a mosque that, according to documents from the Pentagon, is a place where “al-Qaida members were recruited, facilitated or trained.”
So ludicrous is his decision to visit a Wahhabi mosque on a US watch-list, that Tarek Fatah, the founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress, called Trudeau’s response “outrageous.” Ezra Levant helpfully chimed in that members of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda subscribe to Wahhabism, and that Justin’s Saudi-born Senior adviser has likely been slowly pushing Justin towards radical Islam. Even funnier was the earlier speculation that Justin may have accidentally converted to Islam, if he recited the Shahada during an afternoon prayer publicity stunt a few months ago.
Trudeau’s response, full of sass, was that “we in Canada have our own determinations for those sorts of things because the U.S. is known to make mistakes from time to time,” with regards to a Pentagon terrorism-links list.
Somehow this notion that American military documents are haphazardly compiled and have no credibility has creeped through not just Justin’s campaign team, but media outlets as well. Jonathan Kay of the National Post assured us that anyone who would feel such a way believes that “Trudeau was born in Kenya,” and that because the mosque in question last harboured terrorists in the ’90s, there’s absolutely no cause for alarm.
Imagine Prime Minister Trudeau, receiving American military documents identifying potential terrorist threats, and saying “the U.S. is known to mistakes from time to time,” and instead trying to befriend the identified group. It’s a way of looking at the world, similar to a child who does not yet know what a lie is.
Just last year, Justin was in an interview with Peter Mansbridge, and when asked how he would respond to the Boston Bombings if he was PM, he sighed and offered, “there is no question that this happened because there is someone who feels completely excluded […] our approach has to be, ‘where do those tensions come from?’” He did not mention that he would release a statement condemning the attack, or anything else sane to say after people died in a tragedy.
Even the PMO got in on this, with spokesman Stephen Lecce saying “It’s clear that Justin Trudeau cannot be trusted to keep Canadians safe.”
Maybe, just maybe, Justin really is such an idealist who can’t believe that he lives in a world where people do bad things for reasons other than not being invited to the popular kids’ parties. After all, Justin is one of the popular kids, and therefore sees the world through that lens.
It’s just a shame that Justin can’t be bothered to Google whether or not his photo-ops take place in locations on terrorist watch lists. Frankly, it’s terrifying.
Update #1 (08/06/14): Even though he was a little late to the party, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney took the opportunity to condemn Trudeau, accusing him of “pandering for votes amongst religious extremists,” and that “it is clear that Justin Trudeau cannot be trusted to keep Canadians safe.” You’ll note that the quote is identical to the one given by the PMO, and it’s unclear whether Blaney actually gave the statement or if an intern just copy-pasted whatever the PMO sent their way.
Update #2 (08/06/14): Deputy Liberal Premier Ralph Goodale says that Justin last visited the mosque in March 2011, a month before it was made public that the mosque was on the terror watchlist. Justin may have actually done nothing wrong. If true, Stephen Blaney’s office just condemned Trudeau for no good reason. We’ll keep you updated as this develops.