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CHICAGO (AP) – Muslims in Chicago are denouncing remarks by Republican Congressman Joe Walsh, who said there are radical Muslims in this country who are “trying to kill Americans every week.”

The suburban Tea Party-backed politician made the comments at a town hall meeting this week in Elk Grove Village. Walsh said another 9/11 was only a matter of time and that political correctness on the part of government allowed the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage to happen.

The Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says Walsh’s remarks point to an effort by some Republicans to make Americans fearful of fellow Americans.

The group’s director, Ahmed Rehab, said Friday that such remarks encourage hate crimes and acts of vandalism.

Walsh is serving his first term and faces a tough election fight.