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    Loretta Lynch Vows DOJ Will Prosecute Those Who Use ‘Anti-Muslim’ Speech

    Attorney General Loretta Lynch pledged to a group of Muslim activists on Thursday that she would take aggressive action against anyone who used “anti-Muslim rhetoric” that “edges toward violence,” one day after a radicalized Muslim husband and wife heinously murdered 14 people in San Bernardino, California.

    “We stand with you in this,” Lynch said in her address at the Muslim Advocate’s 10th anniversary dinner

    Lynch said her “greatest fear” since the ISIS attack in Paris, in which one hundred thirty people were massacred, is the “incredibly disturbing rise of anti-Muslim rhetoric” in America.

    “The fear that you have just mentioned is in fact my greatest fear as a prosecutor, as someone who is sworn to the protection of all of the American people, which is that the rhetoric will be accompanied by acts of violence,” she said.

    She vowed to prosecute any guilty of what she deemed violence-inspiring speech.

    “When we talk about the First Amendment we [must] make it clear that actions predicated on violent talk are not American,” Lynch said. “They are not who we are, they are not what we do, and they will be prosecuted … My message not just to the Muslim community but to all Americans is ‘We cannot give in to the fear that these backlashes are really based on.’”

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    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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