Reported by NBC’s Domenico Montanaro:
Tancredo attempted to justify his controversial new ad in an interview with MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski. He said the FBI has released reports on malls being targets and talked of “chatter” about “potential activity in the United States.” “All I’m saying is what we know to be the case,” Tancredo said. “We know there are consequences to open borders.”
He also said he doesn't care if the ad hurts his campaign.
"C'est la vie," he said, adding,
"I don’t care what it does to the campaign. Whether the numbers go up or go down." Questioned on whether the ad is fear-mongering, he said, "Why shouldn’t we talk about the most serious matters. ...I'm all for trying to stop someone from trying to get here. That’s the purpose of this ad."
He added that he doesn't think US involvement in the Middle East has made any difference -- one way or the other -- because we are in a "clash of civilizations."
"This problem isn’t going to go away if we left the Middle East,” Tancredo said. “It's not about our relationship with Israel. This is not about our action anywhere. We’d still be in a fight with Islam.”
He has come under fire from the Council on American-Islamic Relations for the ad. But Tancredo said he doesn't care if the group criticizes him, because “it's known that they have ties to terrorists.” He said, in fact, he hopes they're upset because it shows they are threatened by the ad.