Local congressional candidate says Obama is an "Islamist"

2014-08-18T11:26:00Z 2014-09-15T10:45:37Z Local congressional candidate says Obama is an "Islamist"Joe Ferguson and Becky Pallack Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Republican Congressional District 3 candidate Gabriela Saucedo Mercer took to Facebook on Friday to approve of former Florida Rep. Allen West’s calls to impeach President Obama for being an “Islamist.”

In her post, the CD3 candidate called West a “patriot” for releasing his six-point argument on why Obama is an “enemy of the state.”

Saucedo Mercer called on the “derelict media” to pay closer attention to West’s message.

In the comments on her Facebook post, Saucedo Mercer continued to explain her position: "I said I agree with Lt. Col. Allen West 100% because he understands the dangers if the Islamist ideology and everywhere you look Barack Hussein Obama is defending terrorist organizations and if you knew anything about Islam you would know that Islam is a patriarchal religion and just the fact that Barack Hussein Obama's father was a Muslim that makes him one. The father's religion takes precedent."

Obama is Christian, but about 11 percent of Americans believe he is Muslim, according to a 2012 Gallup poll.

Saucedo Mercer drew attention in her 2012 campaign for saying Middle Eastern immigrants' "only goal in life is to cause harm to the United States." She apologized, saying "I am not against Muslims. I am against radical Islamic terrorists. Their only goal in life is to come to this country and cause us harm."

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