Rep. Steve King vs. Chris Hayes: Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison Has Not Denounced Sharia Law


REP. STEVE KING (R-IOWA): You might call that a peaceful invasion, but that's the nicest thing can you call it. They're not assimilating, and they're not assimilating because Sharia law is incompatible with the Constitution of the United States. And that's an important principle that we need to have a debate about.

HAYES: Last question here. I’m going to have Congressman Ellison in a moment. You said that he would not renounce Sharia law. What do you mean by that?

KING: Well, when Congressman Ellison takes an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, and also -- you'll get to ask him. I'm glad he is going to be there to answer this question. And it is, which is superior? The Constitution or Sharia law? And in Sharia law, by their teachings, is superior to everything else. It replaces everything else. It replaces the Constitution itself.

So you can't be assimilated into the American civilization and accept Sharia law as being superior to our Constitution. It’s antithetical to Americanism.

HAYES: OK. I'm going to talk to him about that. Congressman Steve King, thank you for coming on.

KING: Please ask him. Thank you, Chris.

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