Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne Goes on Glenn Beck to Talk About the Clock Kid. Uh-Oh.

Given Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne's political proclivities, it's no surprise that she headed over to Glenn Beck's studio at The Blaze to participate in an extended discussion about Irving's clock kid, Ahmed Mohamed, less than a week after he was arrested for bringing what he described as a homemade clock to MacArthur High School. After seeing a video of the conversation, however, one can only think that discretion may have been the better part of valor in this instance. In order to properly digest the video, it's important to know that Van Duyne has waged a one-woman crusade against the Sharia law bogeyman in Irving in response to four local imams who offered non-binding mediation to those who want Sharia-based dispute resolution. To Van Duyne, the imams' free exercise of religion threatened the sovereignty of the American court system. The Dallas Morning News editorial board accused Van Duyne of exploiting the Sharia issue to build a platform to run for higher office in the future.

Van Duyne's fight, according to Beck, made Irving the perfect target for a conspiracy involving Ahmed Mohamed.

"For some reason Irving is important to the Islamists," Beck opined. "It could be as simple as the progressives trying to turn Texas blue, and this is just the place where they are planting the seeds and taking a stand. You pissed them off and now this is a dog whistle."

Van Duyne, to her credit, didn't explicitly agree with Beck, saying only that she didn't want to "face that it's true" that there is a liberal conspiracy against Irving.

The people behind that conspiracy, as laid out by the other participant in the discussion, Center for Security Policy Executive Vice President Jim Hanson, put Mohamed up to bringing his clock to school, knowing that school officials would think it looked like a bomb in order to stir sympathies for the Muslim community. Beck described the operation as being part of "civilization jihad," a plan by Muslims to gradually take over the United States.

"They want to advance that narrative that they were Islamophobically shut down," Hanson said, as revenge for Van Duyne "shedding a light on that tribunal."

Van Duyne complained to Beck that President Obama hasn't reached out to her, something she blamed on his antipathy toward police.

"I have not heard at all from the president," Van Duyne said. "I was really shocked when I saw his tweet [inviting Mohamed to the White House]. 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, who is a wonderful, wonderful man, a family man, a church-going man, and I now have our police officers as well as a number of teachers, school administrators, receiving death threats as a direct result of this."
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Stephen Young has written about Dallas news for the Observer since 2014. He's a Dallas native and a graduate of the University of North Texas.
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