- The Washington Times - Friday, February 3, 2017

Rep. Brad Sherman compared President Trump to the Islamic State terrorist group during his remarks on the House floor Friday morning.

Mr. Sherman gave a one-minute speech rebuking the president’s recent executive order that temporarily restricts immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries that have a history of terrorism.

The California Democrat called the order a “Muslim ban” that “repudiates our values and violates our Constitution,” The Daily Caller first reported.

“After 20 years on the Foreign Affairs Committee, I think it’s important to come to this floor and explain how that executive order is harmful to our national security,” Mr. Sherman said. “Trump’s executive order plays right into the ISIS narrative. It says that there’s a clash of civilizations and that all Islam is our enemy.

“ISIS, which has, perhaps, a few hundred thousand followers, dreams of convincing all of Islam — dreams of convincing one and a half billion Muslims that they are at war with America and the West,” he continued, using an acronym for the Islamic State.

“We do not have a clash of civilizations. We have a clash between civilization and the forces of darkness bent on destroying civilization — whether they reside in Raqqa or at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” he concluded.

Mr. Sherman, who represents the San Fernando Valley, has been critical of the president in the past. During a CNN interview earlier this month, he facetiously claimed that the Electoral College votes “are controlled in Moscow.”

He also said last month that he attended Mr. Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration with a “heavy heart” in order to show “respect for the process,” despite many of his colleagues’ decision to boycott.

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