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Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio continues to mislead American voters on the police officer shooting in Philadelphia last month.

In the Republican presidential debate on FOX News on Jan. 28, the Florida senator criticized President Barack Obama’s response to the shooting of a Philadelphia police officer.

The presidential candidate was asked by moderator Megyn Kelly about his call for the closings of mosques to stop radical Islam.

When questioned whether that stance goes against the First Amendment, Rubio responded that radical Muslims and radical Islam is “not just hate talk, it’s hate action.”

“Look at the attack they inspired in Philadelphia that the White House refuses to link to terror, where a guy basically shot a police officer three times. He told the police I did it because I was inspired by ISIS and to this day the White House refuses to acknowledge it had anything to do with terror,” Rubio said.

There is no evidence that the White House refuses to link the shooting to terrorism.

Here’s what www.factcheck.org, an independent nonpartisan fact-checking website, had to say about Rubio’s claim:

“Rubio also said that the White House ‘still refuses to acknowledge’ that the shooting of a Philadelphia police officer on Jan. 7 ‘had anything to do with terror.’ But a White House spokesman said that terrorism may have been the motivation and that the Philadelphia Police Department would make that determination.”

Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett was ambushed and shot three times in the left arm while on patrol on Jan. 7 in West Philadelphia.

Hartnett was able to get out of his car and fire back at the attacker.

Edward Archer, 30, of Yeadon, was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and assault of a law enforcement officer.

According to police, Archer confessed to the crime, saying he did it “in the name of Islam.”

A week after the incident, FBI Director James Comey said the agency found no indication Archer was part of an organized terror cell. Comey declined to comment on whether Archer had been radicalized during trips to Saudi Arabia in 2011 and Egypt in 2012.

During a press briefing on Jan. 11, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said reports led them to worry the Philadelphia attack could be an act of terrorism.

Marco Rubio is misleading voters on the president’s response to the shooting in an effort push the Republican narrative that the Obama administration is weak on fighting terrorism.

http://www.phillytrib.com/commentary/rubio-misleads-on-philly-cop-shooting/article_f12f51d7-6316-50a0-b41d-9836d284685d.html

Reprinted from the Philadelphia Tribune

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