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U.S. Politicians Warmly Greet Reactionary Dutch Islamophobe

The fiercely anti-Islam Geert Wilders has been traveling through the U.S. on a highly-publicized trip to raise money for his legal defense back home.

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Aside from Kyl, the list of congressmen attending the Wilders event was not released, but sources present at the event told IPS that attendees included Sen. Roger Wicker, a Republican from Mississippi, and possibly Representative Ed Royce, a California Republican.

Representative Keith Ellison, a Democrat from Minnesota and the only Muslim member of Congress, criticized Kyl for bringing Wilders to the Senate.

"At a time when President Obama has said to the Muslim world, 'We are ready to initiate a new partnership based on mutual respect and mutual interest,' the showing of a film that denigrates the faith of 1.4 billion of the world's citizens does not foster mutual respect or mutual interest," Ellison said in a statement.

*With additional reporting by Ali Gharib.

 
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