Stephen Piggott

Leading Right-Wing Think Tank Caught Circulating White Nationalist Propaganda Over 2,000 Times

The surprising Electoral College victory of President Donald Trump has been like winning the lottery for nativist extremists and other fringe groups. For Krikorian, he’s been making the most of it by arguing in the mainstream press that his group, long attacked from across the political spectrum for its connections to eugenics-friendly white nationalists and shoddy research, doesn’t deserve to be labeled a hate group. 

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Trump Appoints Hate Group Figures to Voter Fraud Commission

In an executive order signed in private, President Trump named Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who moonlights as an attorney for the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), to serve as vice-chair of a commission to review claims of voter fraud, which will be chaired by Vice President Mike Pence. 

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Jeff Sessions: Champion of Anti-Muslim and Anti-Immigrant Extremists

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, one of President-elect Donald Trump’s closest advisers during his campaign and his selection for U.S. attorney general, has longstanding and extensive ties to both anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim extremist groups. 

Sessions, who has served in the U.S. Senate since 1997, has for years been the key bridge between the anti-immigrant movement and Congress. His efforts to combat comprehensive immigration reform legislation have won him plaudits across the nativist landscape.

Sessions has relied on material from the movement to help stymie reform, and anti-immigrant groups have had a reliable – and powerful – ally in Sessions, who chairs the immigration subcommittee within the Senate Judiciary Committee. John Tanton, founder of the modern-day nativist movement, highlighted the need for such a congressional champion as a key goal in strategy memos he drafted in the 1980s. “Think how much different our prospects would be if someone espousing our ideas had the chairmanship!” Tanton wrote.

Sessions has a close relationship with the “big three” anti-immigrant groups.

He regularly attends events hosted by the Federation for American Immigration Reform(FAIR), which has been named as a hate group by the SPLC since 2007. FAIR was founded by Tanton, a white nationalist who in 1993 wrote, “I’ve come to the point of view that for European-American society and culture to persist requires a European-American majority, and a clear one at that.” For decades, FAIR has had one mission: to severely limit immigration into the United States. Its leaders have longstanding ties to white supremacist groups and eugenicists and have made many racist statements. Its advertisements have been rejected because of racist content. Dan Stein, FAIR’s current president, told Tanton in 1994 that those who supported the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which abolished the racist national origins quotas that favored immigrants of European descent, wanted to “retaliate against Anglo-Saxon dominance” and that this “revengism” against whites had created a policy that is causing “chaos and will continue to create chaos.”

Sessions regularly attends FAIR’s annual “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” event, which brings together anti-immigrant activists, right-wing radio hosts and elected officials who sound off about immigration on talk radio. In 2007, he was the keynote speaker at FAIR’s advisory board meeting.

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), also a Tanton-founded group, serves as the anti-immigrant movement’s think tank. It has referred to immigrants as “Third-World gold-diggers.” After the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, CIS head Mark Krikorian wrote, “My guess is that Haiti’s so screwed up because it wasn’t colonized long enough.” In a 2014 speech where he decried “Obama-style immigration reform,” CIS staffer Stephen Steinlight said that impeachment for President Obama was not enough. “I would think being hung, drawn, and quartered is probably too good for him,” he said.

During the last push for comprehensive immigration reform, Janice Kephart left her position at CIS to serve as special counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee. During debates on the “Gang of Eight” bill, she could be seen whispering into Sessions’ ear.

Sessions, who has endorsed the work of CIS, participated in a panel discussion event organized by the group in 2006, and in 2013, he spoke on a CIS teleconference. Earlier this year, he spoke at a reception for guests invited to a CIS conference.

NumbersUSA is an organization that serves as the grassroots mobilizer for the anti-immigrant movement. Its founder, Roy Beck, has spoken twice to the white nationalist Council of Conservative Citizens, the group whose online propaganda provided a gateway into white nationalism for accused Charleston shooter Dylann Roof.  In 2012, Sessions put into the congressional record a “congratulations” to NumbersUSA to mark its 15th anniversary.

Sessions is also an ally of anti-Muslim organizations which have showered him with accolades. In 2014, the senator received the “Daring the Odds: The Annie Taylor Award” from the David Horowitz Freedom Center, run by anti-Muslim extremist David Horowitz. In one speech, Horowitz asked, “Why are all the major Muslim organizations in America connected to the Muslim Brotherhood and why are 80 percent of the mosques filled with hate against Jews and Americans?” In his acceptance speech, Sessions said, “I’ve seen some great people receive this.” Past recipients include Pamela Geller, one of the most rabidly anti-Muslim activists in America today. Sessions also thanked Horowitz and spoke of how much he “admired” him. The ceremony took place at one of Horowitz’s “Restoration Weekend” events. Sessions also attended these events in 2013 and 2003.

In 2015, Sessions received the “Keeper of the Flame” award from the anti-Muslim hate group Center for Security Policy (CSP) run by Frank Gaffney. Frank Gaffney has a long history of demonizing Muslims and promoting wild conspiracy theories. He has claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the U.S. government, called for the reestablishment of the House Un-American Activities Committee, and claimed that Huma Abedin was part of a “Muslim Brotherhood conspiracy,” a charge that was condemned by Sen. John McCain and then House speaker John Boehner. CSP released a report last year calling for a ban on Muslim immigration. A CSP vice president, Clare Lopez, said during a speech in 2013, “When people in other bona fide religions follow their doctrines they become better people – Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, Jews. When Muslims follow their doctrine, they become jihadists.”

It’s not hard to see why leaders of the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim movements are so pleased with Trump’s appointment of Sessions as attorney general. Their champion has moved from the Senate to the doorstep of the Attorney General’s Office. 

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3 Men Arrested in Plot to Bomb Kansas Mosque

Curtis Allen, 49, Gavin Wright, 49, of Liberal, Kan., and Patrick Stein, 47, a resident of a nearby Dodge City, Kan., had stockpiled firearms and explosives. They planned to use four explosive-laden vehicles parked at the corners of the complex, which is home to a number of Somali immigrants, officials said during a news conference. 

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Even Some of America's Worst Islamophobes Took Issue with Trump's Attacks on the Khan Family

Donald Trump’s latest attack on Muslims—insulting the Gold Star parents of a soldier who was killed in Iraq in 2004—has divided the anti-Muslim movement, which is firmly in the pro-Trump camp.

Some in the movement who are much closer to the mainstream despite their overt bigotry, chastised Trump for his comments—first insulting the mother of army captain Humayun Khan for not speaking as she stood next to her husband who addressed the Democratic National Convention. Trump claimed it was because of Ghazla Khan’s faith that she did not speak. She addressed that in a piece in the Washington Post, saying that it is very difficult for her still, even after twelve years, to speak about her son and his death.

Her husband called Trump out during the speech, telling the crowd that Trump had “sacrificed nothing and no one.” After Trump’s attacks on the Khan matriarch, the candidate went one step further, insinuating that Khizr Khan, the soldiers’ father, is a terrorist sympathizer.

Jim Hanson, one of the many talking heads at the anti-Muslim think tank and hate group Center for Security Policy (CSP), and a former Special Forces weapons sergeant , took issue with Trump’s comments on Twitter. Hanson suggested that Trump should have responded with an attack on Hillary who, Hanson claims, “wants to allow the very  #Jihadists who killed his son to come here.” Others noted Trump should have used Khizr Khan’s speech to pivot and ask what have the Clintons sacrificed for this country.

As to be expected, others in the anti-Muslim world, however, couldn’t resist the temptation to try and tie the Khan family to two if its favorite all-encompassing enemies: Saudi Arabia and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Robert Spencer, co-founder of the anti-Muslim hate group Stop the Islamization of America (SOIA), wrote a piece for his blog Jihad Watch on August 2 claiming Khizr Khan and the Clintons “have extensive ties to the Saudis.” Spencer ended his piece by saying that Trump had every right to answer his “attacks,” and “should have been even stronger in his responses.”

Spencer’s boss, David Horowitz, head of the hate group David Horowitz Freedom Center, echoed Spencer’s piece on Twitter, retweeting a letter from Gold Star families lambasting Trump for his attacks on the Khan family and adding the comment “How easy it is for a Saudi agent & his liberal accomplices to manipulate good people.”

The falsehood about a Muslim Brotherhood connection to the Khan family was concocted by father and son duo Walid and Theodore Shoebat, respectively, two of the most virulent anti-Muslim and anti-LGBT activists on the circuit today.

In a piece posted on the website of the hate group Shoebat Foundation, both men claim Khizr Khan is a “Muslim Brotherhood agent, working to bring Muslims into the United States.” The Shoebats went on to question the accuracy of the tale of Humayun Khan’s death, and also discussed “the other side of the coin”—that is, Muslim soldiers who “infiltrated” the U.S. military.

Pamela Geller, an anti-Muslim colleague of Robert Spencer’s, also chimed in, suggesting that there are “real questions” surrounding Humayun Khan’s death. In an earlier post she wrote, “The pity is, these Muslim parents were not decrying the Islamic texts and teachings behind this bloody war and the reason why their son went to war. Instead, they attacked … Trump.”

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Both Trump and Cruz Have Surrounded Themselves With Islamophobic Advisers

Following the attacks in Brussels on March 22, GOP Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz issued a call for the United States to “immediately halt the flow of refugees from countries with a significant al-Qaida or ISIS presence.” 

Surprisingly, he also called for a “need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.” Such statements, coming from a leading presidential candidate, are only the latest examples of anti-Muslim rhetoric making the jump from the firing of hate groups to mainstream political discourse. But such jumps are not random and, in fact, have come after years of planning.

The Center for Security Policy, a hate group that serves as the anti-Muslim movement’s premier think tank, has worked hard to earn the ear of elected officials and has sadly succeeded in this strategy. Of the eight people appointed as advisors to 2016 candidates Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz, all have connections to CSP and half hold ranking positions within the group, including its founder, Frank Gaffney.

Listed below are detailed profiles of the eight anti-Muslim advisors Cruz and Trump have appointed to advisory roles in their campaigns.

Frank Gaffney, president of Center for Security Policy, appointed to Ted Cruz’s National Security Coalition on March 17

Frank Gaffney is the founder of the anti-Muslim movement’s preeminent think tank, the Center for Security Policy (CSP). He also is one of the most outspoken anti-Muslim activists in America today, propagating conspiracy theories about the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrating the White House and producing reports calling for a ban on all Muslim immigration to the U.S.

When asked at an event in 2015 about Somali refugees working at meat processing plants in the U.S., for example, Gaffney stated, “I don’t know about you, but it kind of creeps me out that they are getting jobs in the food supply of the United States.” Gaffney has also made efforts to associate with loud-and-proud racists. In September of 2015, Gaffney invited on his radio show Jared Taylor, one of the most prominent white nationalists in America, to discuss the Syrian refugee crisis. During the interview, Gaffney called Taylor’s openly racist American Renaissance website “wonderful.”

Despite such ties to known racists, Gaffney does not operate on the political fringe. In recent years, he and his organization have grown closer to Cruz, with whom he has frequently shared a stage at anti-Muslim events.

In February 2014, Gaffney spoke on a panel titled, “American Security and The Iranian Bomb: Analyzing Threats at Home and Abroad“ with Cruz. A month later, Cruz spoke at a “National Security Action Summit” organized by Breitbart News, which featured a host of anti-Muslim activists including Gaffney and three other members of Cruz’s National Security Coalition. In September 2014, Cruz spoke via video at another CSP co-sponsored Action Summit.

A year later, in February 2015, Cruz spoke at the CSP’s “Defeat Jihad Summit.” Gaffney also held four “National Security Action Summit” events last year in NevadaSouth CarolinaNew Hampshire and Iowa, all key primary states. Cruz attended the first, in South Carolina, and submitted a video speech for the other three. The CSP summits featured a number of GOP presidential hopefuls speaking alongside notorious anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant figures.

In September 2015, Cruz teamed up with his rival Donald Trump to organize a rally in opposition to the nuclear treaty signed with Iran. CSP co-sponsored the event in D.C.

Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (Ret.), Executive VP of the anti-LGBT Family Research Council, Appointed to Ted Cruz’s National Security Coalition on March 17

Boykin works for the anti-LGBT Family Research Council (FRC), but is more known for his activism in the anti-Muslim world.

In the past, Boykin, who brings with him a decorated career in the U.S. Army, has worked closely with the Center for Security Policy and has openly stated that Islam should not be protected under the First Amendment. In 2012, Boykin infamously claimed, “The continent of Europe is dark, it is hopelessly lost and it’s going to get worse. Every expert will tell you that by the middle of this century the continent of Europe will be an Islamic continent, and they can’t reverse it, they can’t stop it. It is because they took Jesus out of their societies and it’s been replaced by darkness.”

Last month, Boykin endorsed Ted Cruz for president, claiming Cruz was “a man of character integrity and courage.” It wasn’t a surprise, considering Boykin and Cruz have shared the stage before. In February of 2015, Cruz and Boykin both spoke at the CSP’s “Defeat Jihad Summit” in Washington, D.C. In March last year, Boykin participated in Frank Gaffney’s National Security Action Summit in South Carolina. A year earlier, both Cruz and Gaffney spoke at the Breitbart-sponsored National Security Action Conference in DC. Boykin also attended and spoke at the Cruz/Trump anti-Iran nuclear deal rally in D.C. in September of 2015.

Claire Lopez – VP for research and analysis at the anti-Muslim Center for Security Policy, Appointed to Ted Cruz’s National Security Coalition on March 17

Lopez, a longtime Gaffney ally, is a key figure at CSP, previously serving as a fellow before becoming vice president of the think tank.

Like her boss Frank Gaffney, Lopez peddles anti-Muslim conspiracy theories. She has long claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood has “infiltrated and suborned the U.S. government to actively assist … the mission of its grand jihad.” In 2013, she wrote a report linking Huma Abedin, deputy chief of staff to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to the Muslim Brotherhood—a favored allegation that has never been proven. Also in 2013, she stated at a speaking engagement, “When people in other bona fide religions follow their doctrines they become better people—Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, Jews. When Muslims follow their doctrine, they become jihadists.” In 2014, she said that because Obama’s father was Muslim, that “de facto makes him [Obama] a Muslim,” which in turn explains why the president “attacks and punishes Israel while allowing the Islamic State to grow and conquer.”

Lopez has also participated in a number of events featuring Cruz, including the March 2014 National Security Action summit in Washington, D.C. and the “Defeat Jihad Summit” in February of 2015.

Andy McCarthy – Columnist for National Review, Appointed to Ted Cruz’s National Security Coalition on March 17

McCarthy, like Boykin, is not employed by an anti-Muslim group, but he is very active in the movement, especially on the anti-Muslim speaking circuit. 

McCarthy recently claimed that Islam is not a religion and therefore may not deserve legal protections.

In 2010, McCarthy co-authored a CSP-published report titled, “Shariah: The Threat to America.” The report concluded with a number of alarmist recommendations, including a call for U.S. government to halt outreach to Muslim communities “through Muslim Brotherhood fronts whose mission it is to destroy our country from within, as such practices are both reckless and counterproductive.” Other recommendations included warning Imams that they will be charged with sedition if they advocate for Shariah in America. The report also called for dismantling so-called “no-go zones”—non-existent neighborhoods where law enforcement are rumored to be unable to police because they’re heavily Muslim.

McCarthy praised Cruz in a December 2015 National Review column. “Cruz understands that the most immediate enemy the United States confronts on the world stage is Islamic supremacism, which ignites jihadist violence through its state sponsors, terror networks, and activist organizations.” Like Clare Lopez, McCarthy has spoken at anti-Muslim events with Cruz, including the “Defeat Jihad Summit” in 2015 and the second National Security Action Summit in September of 2014.

Fred Fleitz – Senior Vice President for Policy and Programs at the anti-Muslim Center for Security Policy, Appointed to Ted Cruz’s National Security Coalition on March 17

Fleitz is another Center for Security Policy staffer appointed to the Cruz team. Like Clare Lopez, Fleitz served as a CSP fellow before moving up the ranks.

Fleitz is a co-author of a 2015 report published by CSP titled, “The Secure Freedom Strategy: A Plan for Victory Over the Global Jihad Movement.” Other authors of the report include Cruz National Security Coalition members Jerry Boykin, Frank Gaffney and Clare Lopez. The report concludes with a number of radical recommendations including stopping the immigration of “Shariah-adherent” individuals to the U.S.

Fleitz recently attacked President Obama for speaking at a mosque, claiming the mosque had “known terrorist ties.”

Sen. Jeff Sessions—key politician in the anti-Muslim movement, Appointed as Chair of Trump’s National Security Advisory Committee on March 3

Sen. Jeff Sessions is one of the most outspoken anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim federal officials who, unsurprisingly, endorsed Trump last month.

In 2014, Sessions received the “Daring the Odds” award from anti-Muslim hate group the David Horowitz Freedom Center for his efforts to prevent undocumented youth from receiving temporary status in the United States. Previous winners of the award include Pamela Geller, who heads the anti-Muslim groups American Freedom Defense Initiative and Stop the Islamization of America. The Center for Security Policy awardedSessions with its “Keeper of the Flame” award in October of 2015.

In September 2015, Sessions attacked President Obama’s plan to resettle Syrian refugees in the United States, stating, “It has also been reported that 3 in 4 of those seeking relocation from the Middle East are not refugees but economic migrants from many countries.”

Walid Phares—Anti-Muslim activist and former Lebanese Christian Militia member, Trump revealed Phares is on his council of advisors on March 22, 2016

Walid Phares is a Lebanese Christian with a troubled past. After Mitt Romney announced in 2011 that Phares would serve as co-chair for his Middle East advisory group, Mother Jones revealed that Phares, “was a high ranking political official in a sectarian religious militia responsible for massacres during Lebanon's brutal, 15-year civil war.” Earlier that year, Phares was scheduled to testify at hearings discussing radical Islam that were organized by U.S. Rep. Peter King, a close friend of a number of anti-Muslim groups. King was forced to drop Phares from the witness list after his militia ties became known.

Phares has spoken at several events organized by the Center for Security Policy, including a National Security Group Lunch on in February 2015, and another similar event in December of that year. He has also been a guest on Frank Gaffney’s Secure Freedom Radio show. Phares was also a guest on an ACT! for America series in 2011. ACT! is the largest grassroots anti-Muslim hate group in America, run by Brigitte Gabriel.

Joseph E. Schmitz—Senior Fellow with the anti-Muslim Center for Security Policy, named to Trump’s council of advisors on March 22, 2016

Schmitz spent three years as the Pentagon’s Inspector General before leaving under a barrage of scrutiny. According to the Los Angles Times, “Schmitz slowed or blocked investigations of senior Bush administration officials, spent taxpayer money on pet projects and accepted gifts that may have violated ethics guidelines.”

Today, Schmitz is a senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy. He has been a gueston Frank Gaffney’s Secure Freedom Radio show and in June of 2013, he spoke at a CSP event. CSP also published a book penned by Schmitz, titled “Inspector General Handbook.”

Schmitz is also a co-author of two CSP reports: “Shariah: The Threat to America,” and “The Secure Freedom Strategy: A Plan for Victory Over the Global Jihad Movement.”

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Candidates Denounce Trump, But Many Plan to Attend Anti-Muslim Event Next Week

Following Donald Trump’s statement Dec. 7 calling for a ban on all Muslim immigration to the U.S., many of his fellow presidential candidates lined up to denounce the idea. 

To support his idea of a ban, Trump cited a poll conducted by the anti-Muslim Center For Security Policy (CSP) headed by Frank Gaffney. Gaffney has long pushed anti-Muslim conspiracy theories, such as that the government has been infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood, and he has repeatedly made bigoted comments about this population. 

Given the denunciations of Trump’s anti-Muslim bigotry, it’s a bit surprising to find that some 2016 candidates are slated to speak at a Gaffney-sponsored “National Security Action Summit” this coming Monday in Las Vegas. Not only will Gaffney be on hand to push his bigoted ideas, but he will also be joined by other anti-Muslim activists as well. According to CSP’s website, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Rick Santorum are confirmed speakers for the Vegas event, while Donald Trump, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio have yet to confirm their attendance.

Gaffney’s comments and bizarre conspiracy theories about Muslims are even more extreme than Trump’s. Gaffney believes the Muslim Brotherhood has operatives in the federal government and has claimed that there is “compelling circumstantial evidence” that Saddam Hussein was “involved” with Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. Earlier this year at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Gaffney responded to a question about Somalis working in American meat processing plants by stating, “I don’t know about you, but it kind of creeps me out that they are getting jobs in the food supply of the United States.”

The summit, which will be held at the International Peace Education Center, is the fourth of its kind this year. The previous three summits took place in the early presidential primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. A number of the 2016 GOP field have addressed previous National Security Action Summits and other Gaffney-organized events. Ted Cruz and Rick Santorum spoke in South Carolina; Carson, Trump and Santorum spoke in Iowa (Cruz submitted a taped address); and Santorum spoke at the New Hampshire event, which also featured taped addresses from Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee.

Gaffney again teamed up with Cruz and Trump following the announcement of the Iran nuclear deal. Trump and Cruz held an anti-Iran rally in Washington, D.C., on September 9, 2015, which was co-sponsored by CSP. Brigitte Gabriel, head of the largest grassroots anti-Muslim group in the country, also spoke at the rally. Ted Cruz spoke at a Gaffney event in March 2014.

Just over a month ago, in October, Gaffney invited white nationalist Jared Taylor on his radio show to discuss the Syrian refugee crisis. Taylor is one of the most outspoken racists in America today. Following the murder of nine African Americans in Charleston this summer, Taylor was appointed spokesperson by the white nationalist group Council of Conservative Citizens, the group alleged perpetrator Dylann Roof cited as his gateway into white nationalism. After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Taylor wrote, “When blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western Civilization—any kind of civilization—disappears.” During the interview, Gaffney called Taylor's American Renaissance website "wonderful," and asked, “Is it the death of Europe what we’re seeing at the moment in terms of this migration, this invasion?” After a number of watchdog groups including the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote about Taylor’s appearance on Secure Freedom Radio, Gaffney backtracked, and attempted to bury the evidence by scrubbing the Taylor interview from his site and claimed he was “unfamiliar” with Taylor’s views before inviting him on. 

Other anti-Muslim activists slated for CSP’s event next week include Ann Corcoran, the face of the anti-refugee movement in America. In 2007, she founded the blog Refugee Resettlement Watch (RRW) in response to what she saw as a “grievous error” by the government in taking in Muslim refugees. In the years since, racist groups have increasingly adopted her as one of their own. In 2014, Corcoran promoted an article on Taylor’s American Renaissance website calling it a “good commentary” on immigration to Australia. In April, CSP published her “Refugee Resettlement and the Hijra to America.” The 78-page screed calls for Americans to oppose the opening of mosques in their neighborhoods and also calls for a ban on all Muslim immigration to the U.S. Corcoran spoke at Gaffney’s Iowa and South Carolina summits earlier this year.

Another speaker will be Rosemary Jenks, a staffer with NumbersUSA, the largest grassroots anti-immigrant group in the U.S. NumbersUSA and its founder Roy Beck have a long track record of working white nationalists to advance their anti-immigrant agenda. On Gaffney’s Secure Freedom Radio show in February, Jenks stated, “We know that they are placing terrorists into the refugee camps and we don’t have the means to vet them...The FBI says they’re very concerned about this, the potential dangers of resettling these folks in the United States because we have no idea who they are.” At a Gaffney event in 2014 she equated gun violence and bank robbery to immigration violations, stating, “If you rob a bank, you’re going to jail. Break into a house, you’re going to jail. Shoot someone, you’re going to jail, and everybody’s guns will be taken away.” She added, “But if you break an immigration law, we’re going to let you stay, give you a work permit, and we’re going to call it a day.”

Given the justified denunciations following Trump’s comments, GOP candidates and the party as a whole would do well to take a public stand in opposition to anti-Muslim hate.  A positive first step towards this would be not attending next week’s National Security Action Summit in Vegas. 

List of scheduled attendees and invitees at the Center for Security Policy's National Security Action Summit 2015
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Top 10 Ways the White Nationalist Tanton Network Got Busted in 2010

Reflecting on the past year, the John Tanton Network’s anti-immigrant organizations performed an embarrassing number of gaffes that further exposed their extreme views and ties to white nationalism. Here is a list of the top 10 gaffes made by the John Tanton Network in 2010:

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Tea Party Nation Asks Its Members to Help Vilify Immigrants

Since the Tea Party vehicle started there has been a constant debate over whether the movement is racist. While critics aren’t painting the entire movement as such, there are Tea Party leaders that have made headlines with racially insensitive rhetoric, and evidence of racist sentiments at Tea Party events across the nation abound.

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