IRVING, Texas – The mayor of Irving, Texas is speaking out about the case of Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old Muslim student who was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to school that looked like a bomb.
Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne and Center for Security Policy’s Jim Hanson appeared on Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze to discuss Mohamed’s arrest, which the teen’s family and others have blamed on Islamophobia.
Pictures of the device and Mohamed’s arrest quickly spread online this month prompting support for the teen from celebrities including President Barack Obama, who tweeted support for Mohamed and invited him to the White House, The Washington Post reports.
But Van Duyne and Hanson believe there’s more to the story than the public realizes, and they’re sounding the alarm.
Van Duyne told Beck that news reports are “one side of the story, but the other side of the story is not coming out,” adding that she’s urged the Mohamed family to allow school officials to release all details on the case.
“Attorneys advised the family not to sign a release, according to a spokeswoman with the Council on American-Islamic Relations,” WFAA 8 reports.
Van Duyne also questioned why President Obama was quick to pat Mohamed on the back. The president commended the student for his “clock,” Van Duyne said, well before anyone described the device as a clock.
“In fact,” the mayor said, “I don’t even think the picture of the hoax bomb was released before [President Obama] tweeted out, ‘Cool clock, kid.'”
“I’m trying to make sense of this, and my theory is … for some reason Irving is important to Islamists – not Muslims but Islamists. It could be as simple as the progressives trying to turn Texas blue, and this is just the place where they going to start planting the seeds or taking a stand, and you pissed them off,” Beck told Van Duyne.
“Now this is a dog whistle. It’s not a story for anybody to hear except for the Islamists,” he continued. “Because once you create a boogie man, now all the money, all the resources, all the intellectual power, all is focused on your little town of Irving, Texas.”
Van Duyne said she would “hate to think that’s true,” noting that Irving is one of the 100 largest and most diverse cities in the country. It’s also the fifth safest city for its size, she said.
She did, however, note some interesting facts about Mohamed’s case that have been largely ignored by the media.
Beck questioned Van Duyne about President Obama’s tweet shortly after the incident that read “Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great.”
“I was really shocked when I saw his tweet,” Van Duyne said. “It seems to be an underlying habit that he is going to second-guess police officers without any kind of information.
“I now have our police chief … police officers as well as a number of teachers and school administrators receiving death threats as a direct result of this. And it is unfortunate and it has got to stop,” the mayor said.
Hanson was more willing to delve into what he believes is a concerted effort by Islamists to wage “cultural jihad” on America, and his view that Mohamed was a “pawn” in that broader effort.
“It’s part of their playbook. They called it ‘civilization jihad,’ that’s a Muslim Brotherhood term. And they use that as a way to use the freedoms of a society against it,” he said. “They’re doing a great job of it and in this case they basically took a situation that the police handled properly, the school handled properly, and all of a sudden everyone involved is a hater.”
“It’s not a question of whether it was Irving, in particular, they want to do this everywhere,” Hanson continued. “They want to take (away) the idea of ‘see something, say something,’ which is what you’re supposed to do …”
Hanson also alleged the family has had prior issues with the school district, including an alleged bomb threat called in by Mohamed’s sister.
Beck noted, and his guests confirmed, Mohamed was not helpful when questioned by police, and school officials cannot release records about the incident without the family’s approval.
Van Duyne said she was initially concerned about the case because she didn’t understand why school officials would arrest a student over a disassembled clock in a briefcase. After several calls with school and police officials, she quickly realized why officials took the course of action they did, she said.
“Then you start listening to the answers and you start realizing this is one side of the story, and the other side of the story isn’t coming out,” Van Duyne said, adding that school records would “help describe why it progressed the way it did.”
Beck also questioned why the student brought the clock to school in the first place, as there was not a science fair or other requirements for the project. The student alleged he brought it to school to impress his teachers, but Hanson is skeptical.
“I don’t think there’s any question he was put up to this to create this scenario,” he said. “They want a Muslim privilege exemption to ‘see something, say something’ and that’s what this is all about.”
Watch the segment here: