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Broward GOP Roasted On The Daily Show Over Vote Against Muslim Republican Nezar Hamze

First Posted: 01/07/12 09:36 AM ET Updated: 01/07/12 04:40 PM ET

It wasn't the first time the Daily Show has sunk its teeth into the South Florida, but it's certainly one of the funniest: Thursday night Jon Stewart's Comedy Central show aired a segment skewering the Republican Party of Broward County for in September having shut Muslim member Nezar Hamze, the executive director of the state's Council on American-Islamic Relations, out of its executive committee.

In fact, the Broward GOP was so against Hamze they changed their rules in order to vet him in a public question and answer session, then vote on his acceptance by secret ballot. "Voting against Hamze has nothing to do with Hamze's religion," read a flyer passed out before the meeting, "it's about his actions against Republicans from his position as executive director of CAIR Florida."

Never mind, of course, that Hamze is a Reagan-worshipping, dyed-in-the-wool right winger, of course -- it certainly didn't stop Republican congressional candidate and self-proclaimed "terrorphobe" Joe Kaufmann of "Americans Against Hate" then, and it doesn't stop him in front of the Daily Show cameras.

"What is your definition of against?" asked Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones. Responded Kaufmann: "Uh...going against something that you believe is wrong?"

Of course, Jones couldn't believe Hamze still wants to remain a Republican after being labeled a terrorist by his own party, and before taking him speed-dating with representatives from smaller parties, offered up a killer jab: "That is so nonsensical, it actually makes me think you're a Republican."

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