President Barack Obama’s campaign building in Des Moines, Iowa, was vandalized with the words “Muslim Lier” (intended to be “Liar”), spray-painted on a large banner.
The word “liar” was misspelled on the sign, officers said.
The blue banner is 16 by 8 feet and hangs on the south side of the building at 2307 Hubbell Ave. The words were written with red spray paint, police said.
The vandalism occurred sometime between 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Thursday, when it was discovered, police reports show. The same message was reportedly spray painted near the Iowa State Fairgrounds earlier in the week. The damage was estimated at $500.
Dating back to his 2008 campaign, a faction of Americans have falsely believed that Obama is a Muslim, even though he has openly discussed his Christian faith. According to a poll released in July, 30 percent of Republicans and 34 percent of conservative Republicans identified the president as a Muslim.
A request for comment was not immediately returned by the Obama campaign’s Iowa office.
Country star courts additional controversy at Iowa State Fair
Hank Williams Jr. unleashed another round of invective aimed at President Obama last week at the Iowa State Fair, according to the Des Moines Register. Speaking to crowd on August 17th, Williams Jr. proclaimed, “We’ve got a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the U.S. and we hate him!” The statement was reportedly well received by the audience.
In July, Williams Jr. told Rolling Stone that Obama “hates America in the first place, forget about the flag.” His latest album, Old School, New Rules, also contains plenty of charged lyrics directed at the president. Williams’ outspoken antipathy toward Obama hasn’t been without consequences: Last October, the country singer compared the president playing golf with Speaker of the House John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, to “Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu,” prompting ESPN to pull Williams’ “All My Rowdy Friends” from its Monday Night Football broadcasts and end a 20-year relationship with the singer.
WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidates have claimed that the Obama administration is cleansing government files of references to radical Islam, an assertion so juicy that politicians keep repeating it — even though it’s a wild exaggeration.
The latest to run with the story is former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who told a crowd in Des Moines that the president “actually ordered all references to Islam and Muslim sanitized out of our national security documents.”
And over the weekend, Newt Gingrich told a veterans’ forum in Des Moines that the administration has “issued instructions, for example, that in developing training papers on terrorism that no mention should be made of radical Islam.” Rep. Michele Bachmann paved the way on Oct. 28, when she told 75 Republican faithful in Iowa that “Obama is allowing terror suspect groups to write the FBI’s terror training manual.”
So where is this coming from? Last September, the online publication Wired.com broke a story that an FBI analyst had given a lecture to bureau trainees that was critical of Islam. The publication followed up, disclosing that the same analyst had given a similar lecture to an FBI-sponsored event in New York City. The FBI immediately ordered a comprehensive review of all the materials it uses to train its agents.
It would be hard to overstate the importance the FBI attaches to assistance from the Muslim community in the bureau’s terrorism investigations in the United States — a point that FBI Director Robert Mueller drove home in an appearance Wednesday at the Senate Judiciary Committee.