Anne Arundel Co. councilman faces backlash after anti-Muslim posts

Anne Arundel Co. councilman faces backlash after anti-Muslim posts

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WBFF) - A council member in Anne Arundel County is facing backlash Wednesday night after sharing a few controversial posts about Muslims on social media.

John Grasso is the outspoken Republican from Glen Burnie who is now running for the Maryland Senate.

He shared a series of Facebook posts in September, including some that stated "One Nation Under God, Not Allah," "Share If You Think Trump Should Ban Islam in American Schools" and one warning that "the same state department that found it impossible to rescue 4 Americans in Benghazi now tells us they will rescue 200,000 muslims and give them our benefits and housing free of charge."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling for his resignation.

They say they got a call from Grasso Tuesday, thinking he would apologize.

Instead, they say he doubled down on his sentiments.

"He actually went several steps further, saying that Muslims are responsible for 9/11...that Islam is responsible for 9/11...that Muslims don't belong here in our country, that Islam does not belong in our schools," said Zainab Chaudry, a spokesperson for CAIR.

FOX45 tried reaching out to Grasso but knocks at his home went unanswered, and phone and email messages were not returned.


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