Take note: These are not Islamic savages.

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Via City News Service:

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, was under fire Friday from a Los Angeles-based Muslim advocacy group that called her use of the phrase “Islamic savages” in a tweet “hate rhetoric.”

“Statements like these cause mistrust and fear of Islam and Muslims,” said Haroon Manjlai, with the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Greater Los Angeles, or CAIR-LA. “It is unbecoming of a public elected official to issue such bigoted statements.”

On Tuesday, Melendez posted a tweet saying:

“Gut wrenching news today. American Kayla Mueller murdered by Islamic savages. There MUST be consequences. MM.”

She ended the Twitter post with the hashtag #standupagainstIslam. […]

Manjlai criticized Melendez for seeming to associate all Muslims with terrorism.

“Hate rhetoric can and does lead to hate crimes against people,” the CAIR-LA spokesman said. “We call on Assemblymember Melendez to retract and apologize for her anti-Muslim comment and for smearing the faith of more than 1.6 billion people.”