For all their big talk denouncing Trump's idea to ban Muslims, it doesn't seem to stop at least some of the 2016 field from showing up at an event sponsored by far-right wingnut and leading Islamophobe Frank Gaffney next week.
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.”
Frank Gaffney is the leader of the Islamophobic wing of the Republican Party. He backed Pamela Geller, and has the same donors that back Breitbart and several other Muslim-hating organizations. Of course they're going to suck up to him, and of course they're going to toady to his fear mongering, hate-inspiring ways.
Anyone who fools themselves into thinking there's daylight between any of these candidates and Donald Trump when it comes to hating people should think again.
Here's Gaffney on CNN, worrying about secret Muslims taking over the conservative movement. Oh noes!!!!