Arizona's Sen. John McCain denounced the scaremongering claims of fellow Republicans, Reps. Michele Bachmann (MN), Trent Franks (AZ), Louie Gohmert (TX), Thomas Rooney (FL) and Lynn Westmoreland (GA), who said that the U.S. government was being infiltrated with members of the Muslim Brotherhood. The five representatives called for investigation of the "possible deep penetration of Muslim extremists in the U.S. government" and specifically targeted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Deputy Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin, in their accusations.
"When anyone, not least a member of Congress, launches specious and degrading attacks against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are and ignorance of what they stand for, it defames the spirit of our nation and we all grow poorer because of it," McCain said.
For his remarks, CNN Contributor John Avlon awarded the senator with a "Moment of Sanity" in the daily news.
"We need more politicians deploying this kind of honor and honesty if we are ever going to break the fever of unhinged hyper-partisanship that's afflicting our nation," Avlon remarked. "It's going to require good Republicans and Democrats to stand up to the extremes on their own sides."