Sheriff Tracy Murphree in Denton, Texas, isn’t backing down from a Facebook rant that blamed Monday’s terrorist attack at a concert in Manchester, England, on gun control laws and political correctness.
” I ran on a conservative Republican platform ,” he told the local CBS station.” I don’t think it should be any surprise to anyone .”
Police in Manchester say the attack, which left 22 dead and dozens injured, was the work of a suicide bombing.
Murphree, nonetheless, pointed his finger in a number of other directions.
” This is what happens when you disarm your citizens. When you open your borders without the proper vetting ,” he wrote on Facebook on Monday.” When you let political correctness to prescribe how you respond to an foe that wants to kill you .”
Murphree, who has threatened to assault members of the transgender community for using the restroom, claimed “the left” am willing to “submit” to an” ideology that treats wives as property, kills homosexuals and women and christians with complete impunity .”
” Folks this is an foe inferno bent on killing you. Dedicated to forcing you to convert or succumb. This foe will strap bombs to their own body and jolt themselves up killing infants. I’m sick of it. You better wake up America. While you are distracted by the media and the crying of the left, Islamic Jihadist are among us and want to kill you. What will it take? This happening at a concert in Dallas or local schools in Denton County? If we don’t do something quick this country will die of political correctness and the fear that someone’s feelings is a possibility hurt. It may very well be to late for Europe .”
The comments described a sharp replies from the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which called it an” Islamophobic ranting .”
” We call on Sheriff Murphree to reaffirm his pledge, and that of his officers, to serve and safeguard all Denton County residents regardless of their faith, ethnicity or national origin ,” Nikiya Natale, the chapter’s civil rights director, wrote on Facebook.” We are concerned that someone obligated to provide equal justice for all comprises such inaccurate, stereotypical and divisive beliefs .”
And while some of Murphree’s supporters agreed with his comments, other residents were disturbed by them.
” I was shocked ,” Denton inhabitant Sarah Gramblin told the local NBC station.” I don’t trust that he’s going to treat everyone equally under the law, and that is actually worries me .”
Murphree had called his earlier comments on assaulting transgender people in restrooms a” mistake ,” told the NBC station that his post was directed at terrorists and not the Muslim community.
” I stand by everything I said in that post ,” he added.” I’m not backing off any word of it .”