An emotional Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, denounced the hearing on radicalization in the U.S. Muslim community sponsored by New York Republican Rep. Peter King.

The Minnesota Democrat said the hearing scapegoats and stereotypes Muslims, and will increase suspicion of the Muslim community, in turn making all Americans less safe.

“Violent extremism is a serious concern to all Americans and is the legitimate business of this committee,” said Ellison, who testified at the House Committee on Homeland Security hearing today, but the approach “is contrary to the best of American values and threatens our security.”

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