Michigan House Dem nominee ‘honored’ to appear alongside show host who made anti-Semitic comments after 9/11

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Carl Marlinga, the Democratic candidate to represent Michigan’s 10th Congressional District in the House, recently appeared on a Facebook Live program hosted by MD Rabbi Alam, saying he was “honored” to appear alongside the host who has a history with anti-Semitic statements related to 9/11.

Following Marlinga’s appearance on the show, Alam praised Marlinga, insisting that district voters are “so excited to send [Marlinga] as the next congressman” thanking the congressional candidate for joining the program.

“So honored. Thank you,” Marlinga said Aug. 28 after the over 30-minute interview with Alam on Millennium TV.

Alam, a Missouri-based and Bangladeshi-born Democratic activist, speculated that Jews were behind the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York and insisted that no Jew had was killed that day, according to a July 2012 report and Washington Free Beacon interview.

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Carl Marlinga, the Democratic candidate to represent Michigan’s 10th congressional district in the House.
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“Why [was] 9/11 was an official holiday [sic] for all jews [sic] people worked in the [sic] WTC?” Alam reportedly asked during an internet discussion titled “Was 9/11 a conspiracy??”

Asked in the interview with the Free Beacon at the time about his views, Alam said: “My question was, ‘What is the reason that no Jew was killed that day? “”

“Was there a single Jew killed that day,” he then asked about the attacks in New York.

Alam also insisted at the time that the planes that struck the two towers of the World Trade Center were not solely responsible for the building’s collapse.

“I have 100% doubts. It doesn’t fit,” he said. “My starting point is that the plane is not solely responsible for destroying the entire building.”

An aerial view of the NYC Custom House and surrounding area after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City.

An aerial view of the NYC Custom House and surrounding area after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City.
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In a statement to Fox News Digital, a spokesperson for Marlinga’s campaign said the contestant was unaware of Alam’s previous statements before appearing on the show.

“Mr. Marlinga was not aware of any alleged statements made by MD Rabbi Alam on this subject,” the campaign spokesperson said.

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In addition to his remarks on American Jews regarding the September 11 attacks by al-Qaeda on American soil, Alam also worked to organize a “Million Muslim March” in 2013 on the occasion of the 12th anniversary of September 11.

The march, which eventually changed its name to Million American March Against Fear, was organized by March Against Drones and the American Muslim Political Action Committee, a group founded by Alam.

Protesters march through the National Mall during the Million American March Against Fear, which was originally called the "March of the Million Muslims," on Capitol Hill, September 11, 2013, in Washington, DC

Protesters walk through the National Mall during the Million American March Against Fear, originally called the ‘Million Muslim March’, on Capitol Hill, September 11, 2013, in Washington, DC
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“On September 11, 2001, our country was forever changed by the horrific events in New York. The entire country fell victim to the acts committed on that day,” Alam said at the time.

“Muslims and non-Muslims alike were traumatized, but we as Muslims continue to be victimized 12 years later by becoming the bad guys,” he added. “To date, all anti-Islamic media and organizations have made slanderous and slanderous statements against us as Muslims and against our Islamic religion.”

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Marlinga, a former Macomb County judge and prosecutor, is expected to face off in Michigan’s congressional district midterm election against Republican John James and two other candidates.

Javier E. Swan