Trump-Cruz Rally Sponsor Is Anti-Islam Think Tank
One of the sponsors of the rally headlined by Donald Trump and Ted Cruz is the Center for Security Policy, an Islamophobic think tank run by Muslim-bashing Frank Gaffney.
Gaffney is one of the most prominent figureheads within the organized Islamophobia movement in America. After working in the Defense Department during the Reagan Administration, Gaffney has since turned to a career as a full-time anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist. In this role, he foments fear of Muslims, casting them as the greatest threat facing the nation. One of his regular theories is that Muslims are using a tactic he calls “stealth jihad” to infiltrate the U.S. government in hopes of overthrowing it from within and replacing it with a Shariah-adherent one.
Gaffney once asked, “What if it turns out that some of the people the Obama administration has been embracing are actually promoting the same totalitarian ideology and seditious agenda as al Qaeda, only they’re doing it from White House Iftar dinners?”
Gaffney was responsible for spurring on former Rep. Michele Bachmann’s McCarthy-esque, anti-Muslim witch hunt in Congress against Huma Abedin, a longtime aide of Hillary Clinton.
On Iran, Gaffney has a history of twisting the idea of the country’s nuclear program to his own misconceptions and aversion toward Muslims. In July, he said the Iran deal, which he calls the “Obama bomb deal,” is “unmistakably the most dangerous agreement in our country’s history.”
This event would not be the first time Cruz has collaborated with Gaffney. In fact, Cruz has become a regular at events organized by Gaffney’s organization, including attending one earlier this year called the “Defeat Jihad Summit,” which featured a who’s who of some of today’s most notorious anti-Muslim activists.
Gaffney appears to be a big fan of Trump as well. Trump’s proposed immigration policy has become popular among notorious nativist groups and white nationalists. It seems the plan also resonated with Gaffney.