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Howard Dean: Don’t Call Paris Attackers ‘Muslim Terrorists’

Early Wednesday morning, when the news about a terrorist attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris was first breaking, former Gov. Howard Dean (D-VT) immediately dismissed the idea that Islam would be to blame for the attack.

“I stopped calling these people Muslim terrorists,” Dean said on Morning Joe. “They’re about as Muslim as I am.”

He also said he does not believe ISIS is an “Islamic cult” and thinks it would be unwise to “accord [the gunmen] any religious respect.”

Despite Dean’s early assertions, though, one of the gunmen purportedly said ‘Allahu Akhbar’ in a video that was released after the attack, and another was reportedly heard shouting “we have avenged the prophet.” Some are speculating that the attack was conducted in response to controversial caricatures the satirical magazine had run that were critical of the Islamic prophet Muhammed.

Watch the video below, via MSNBC:

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