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Congressman Envisions Over 30 Muslim Reps In Congress By 2030

Democratic Rep. André Carson says he envisions that there will be “about 30, 35 Muslims in Congress” and possibly a Muslim president or vice president by 2030.

The Indiana congressman’s remarks came Thursday evening during a “Community Congressional Reception” hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). In addition to Carson, speakers included newly elected Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

Carson celebrated the fellow Muslims elected to Congress in November, likening their arrival to superheroes coming “out of nowhere” to help in the wake of former Congressman Keith Ellison’s move from the House to Minnesota attorney general.

Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) speaks during a press conference about Islamophobia at the National Press Club May 24, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) speaks during a press conference about Islamophobia at the National Press Club May 24, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Carson said:

Voters across the country showed up and showed out. They did so much that they elected our brother, Superman Keith Ellison, to be attorney general. Yeah. They left Batman and I felt all alone. And then all of a sudden I looked in the sky and saw Wonder Woman come out of nowhere. And then I looked on the other side and I saw Storm from the X-Men come out of nowhere. And we’ve got firepower in Congress. We’ve got sister Rashida [Tlaib] in the House, and she’s tough. She’s the kind of sister you take to a debate with scholars with you, because she’ll rock the house. She’s also the kind of sister you take with you if you’re about to get jumped, because she’ll fight too. That sister’s tough. Love her dearly.

Carson called Tlaib a “fighter” and told the audience that he defended her when a former Breitbart reporter asked what he thought of her recent comments about President Trump.

“And we should stand with her,” he said.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 3: Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) votes for Speaker-designate Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) along with her kids during the first session of the 116th Congress at the U.S. Capitol January 03, 2019 in Washington, DC. Under the cloud of a partial federal government shutdown, Pelosi will reclaim her former title as Speaker of the House and her fellow Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives for the second time in eight years. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 3: Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) votes for Speaker-designate Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) along with her kids during the first session of the 116th Congress at the U.S. Capitol January 03, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Indiana congressman then looked to future Muslim representation in the nation’s highest offices.

“It’s more than just about having three Muslims in Congress,” he said. “I think symbolically it has great value, but I won’t rest until 2020 we have five more members of Congress; 2022 and 24, we have 10 more Muslims in Congress. In 2030 we may have about 30, 35 Muslims in Congress.” (RELATED: REVEALED: Three Democrats Attended Private Dinner With Iran’s President And Louis Farrakhan)

“Then we’re talking about Madame Chair Rashida. We’re talking about Madame Chair Ilhan. Hell, we could be saying Speaker of the House Ilhan, Speaker of the House Rashida, Senator Rashida, Governor Ilhan, President Fatima, Vice President Aziza. Inshallah [God willing].”

Carson ended his speech by saying that all Muslims in America have “a directive to represent Islam, in all of our imperfections, but to represent Islam and let the world know that Muslims are here to stay, and Muslims are a part of America. And we will, we will have a Muslim caucus that is sizable, that is formidable, and that is there for you.”

WATCH: (Carson appears around the 8:40 mark. Reps Omar and Tlaib appear later.)

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