What prompted the tears - recalling a Muslim rescuer on 9/11:
“Mr. Hamdani bravely sacrificed his life to try to help others on 9/11. [Pause] After the tragedy some people tried to smear his character [pause] solely because of his Islamic faith. Some people spread false rumors and speculated that he was involved with the attackers because he was a Muslim. But it was only when his remains were identified that these lies were exposed. Mohammed Salman Hamdani was a fellow American who gave his life for other Americans. His life should not be just a member of an ethnic group or just a member of a religion, but as an American who gave everything for his fellow Americans.”
The best rebuke to that terror-sponsoring McCarthyite, Pete King.
(U.S Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) becomes emotional as he testifies during a hearing before the House Homeland Security Committee March 10, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Homeland Security held the hearing to examine 'The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response.' By Alex Wong/Getty Images)