Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indiana, dodged questions Thursday about whether he agreed with Hamas being designated a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) by the State Department years ago.
Hamas is a group of Iranian-backed terrorists that was designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department on October 8, 1997.
On Thursday, Carson was walking to his car after finishing a news conference calling for a ceasefire in Gaza with House Representatives Rashida Tlaib, Democrat of Michigan; Cori Bush, Democrat from Missouri; Ilhan Omar, Democrat from Minnesota; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D.N.Y.; and Rep. Ro Khanna, Democrat of California, when a Daily Caller News Foundation reporter approached him and asked him a question.
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The reporter asked, “Congressman, do you agree with the State Department’s designation of Hamas as a terrorist organization?”
“Well, I certainly feel like it’s time for us to really talk about creating a state that’s appropriate for the people of Palestine,” Carson said. He added, “This cannot continue. These useless and destructive decisions cannot continue to continue to gain political points. As I said before, I condemn the attack that occurred on October 7, but we cannot fight our way into this.” .
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After failing to answer the question, the reporter pressed Carson again, asking him whether or not he agreed with the State Department’s designation.
Fox News Digital reached out to Carson to clarify whether he agrees with the designation of Hamas as a foreign terrorist organization, but did not immediately receive a response.
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“I agree with the majority of the American people,” Carson told a Daily Caller reporter. “I think anti-Semitism needs to be condemned. I think Islamophobia needs to be condemned. I certainly think anti-Blackness needs to be condemned, and I certainly think this is a time for us to look at our differences, look at the criticisms from both sides, extract the facts from those criticisms and act.” “Together towards a workable solution, because I fear that in 2024, this issue will affect the elections.”