On Feb. 16, a group of approximately 20 conservative activists gathered at a local restaurant in Kernersville, North Carolina to hear speaker Tom Jones give an anti-Islam presentation that fueled calls for violence against Muslims.
Jones warned the group about a conspiracy plot by the Muslim Brotherhood to take over the U.S., notes the Triad City Beat.
Reading from his notes on a yellow legal pad, Jones argued that Muslims who appear to be moderate and assimilated into society actually present a serious danger:
The Muslim Brotherhood is behind all that terrorism and violent acts, but they’re also here operating in America in a very stealthy mode. They’ve infiltrated the judiciary. They have judges that are elected to the bench. These judges are expected to make rulings from the bench here in America according to sharia law even though it’s not a sharia court.
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If you’ve got a Muslim judge he’s required to try you under sharia law. These people are in high positions of influence often behind the scenes in government, academia, medicine, the media. How many of you have been to a hospital and seen the doctors that are running around in the hospital?
Jones also linked former President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to his conspiracy theory:
These people start Islamic organizations. They build mosques. They build Islamic schools. They work with the progressive left in this country to advance their own agenda. And the progressive left like Obama and Hillary Clinton and that ilk, they’re all tied into this Brotherhood stuff. The Brotherhood helps them and they help the Brotherhood.
Frank del Valle, a member of the audience, reportedly asked: "Do you have any recommendations as to how we could stop this? Because my only recommendation is to start killing the hell out [of] them."
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Robert Goodwill, of the conservative group Act for America, responded by citing Trump's election: "We’re on our way."
An unidentified man added: "I want to start doing something instead of talking about it all the time. I’m in a group. I’m not going to tell you what group I’m in."
Jones told the conservatives: "Talking is going to start the conversation. We all have to find a way to proceed. This is my way of contributing."
Del Valle compared Muslims to communists in Cuba: "I’m the kind of guy -- my country was lost to the communists. For a long time I saw how they achieved that. And the Muslims are doing the exact same thing. So I am very aware of that. I have been talking about that for a long time."
"Political correctness is being thrown away," Goodwill insisted. "A lot of people are meeting like this. We’re making progress in the positive direction."
"We need to talk about how we can get things done peacefully," he added. "Be ready for the worst."
Del Valle reportedly countered: "I am beyond that point. I’m ready to start taking people out."
When Jones told the crowd to "shed some light" on the Muslim Brotherhood, del Valle reportedly added: "Shed some blood, too."
Del Valle refused to issue a comment to the Triad City Beat.
In response to the newspaper's report, Council on American-Islamic Relations spokesman Ibrahim Hooper called for a criminal investigation, reported The Charlotte Observer:
Calls to violence against members of any minority group warrant a criminal investigation by state law enforcement authorities and the FBI. We call on President Trump to repudiate the growing bigotry in our nation targeting Muslims, Hispanics, immigrants, refugees and other minority groups.
Hooper said that CAIR had seen an "unprecedented spike" in hate speech and incidents against Muslims and other minorities in the U.S. since President Donald Trump won the election.