Far-right radio host Michael Savage told Donald Trump that Hispanics will support his presidential campaign because "the Hispanic culture is a macho culture. Men don't like reporting to a woman." Trump did not refute Savage's characterization, and later told him "I appreciate your support, you've been so amazing."
During his January 11 program, Savage remarked to Trump that "the reason Hispanics are going to vote for you -- and I'll say it, I'm not going to ask you -- is because, to be honest, and it's very clear, the Hispanic culture is a macho culture. Men don't like reporting to a woman. It's just the way the culture is. And they'd rather have a man than a woman as president." Savage then asked Trump, who did not refute or respond to Savage's characterization of Hispanics, about his polling with Hispanics:
SAVAGE: I'm asking you the questions about the audiences that we normally don't think would vote for you. On this show, Donald, last week I said the reason Hispanics are going to vote for you -- and I'll say it, I'm not going to ask you -- is because, to be honest, and it's very clear, the Hispanic culture is a macho culture. Men don't like reporting to a woman. It's just the way the culture is. And they'd rather have a man than a woman as president. What are your poll numbers amongst Hispanics?
TRUMP: Well we're doing well. In Nevada we just came in and we were at 34 or something like that, number one, the state of Nevada, which is very heavily Hispanic. And you know I have thousands of people that work for me that are Hispanic. And tens of thousands over the years that have been Hispanic and from Mexico and different places and they're phenomenal people. And, you know, they frankly, you know they don't want people coming into the country illegally and taking their jobs.
Trump later added that he's the one who "came up with" getting rid of "anchor babies" from the country, claiming that "people come over, they have a baby, now we have to take care of the baby for the next 90 years. It's ridiculous." The Associated Press noted that it's "extraordinarily rare for immigrants to come to the U.S. just so they can have babies and get citizenship. In most cases, they come to the U.S. for economic reasons and better hospitals, and end up staying and raising families."
Numerous polls have shown that Trump is actually extremely unpopular with Hispanics. A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll found "Trump's favorability rating is just 18 percent among Hispanics and blacks alike, vs. 44 percent among whites."
Savage praised Trump for starting the debate on immigration and said "frankly, the entire Democrat machine lives off the illegal alien vote. Without the illegal alien vote, I don't think they'd be where they are today."
Trump heavily praised Savage during the interview, stating at the beginning that it was "always an honor" to be on his program and ending the interview by saying, "I appreciate your support, you've been so amazing and I really do, thank you very much for it."
Savage is one of the country's most extreme radio personalities. The Cumulus Media-syndicated talker has called autism "a fraud, a racket," said PTSD and depression sufferers are "losers," advised people not to get flu shots because you can't trust the government, theorized liberals have been driven insane because of seltzer bubbles, claimed President Obama was intentionally trying "to infect the nation with Ebola," and once told a caller he was a "sodomite" who should "get AIDS and die."
Trump has repeatedly appeared on The Savage Nation and said in a prior appearance there would be "common sense" if he appointed Savage to head the National Institutes of Health if he became president.
Two leading white nationalist media websites have used Donald Trump in their recent fundraising drives. The solicitations hail Trump for spurring "unprecedented interest in" white nationalism and putting their ideas "firmly in the mainstream."
White nationalists have been backing Trump's presidential campaign, especially his extreme positions on Hispanic and Muslim immigration. And the emergence of Trump has helped bolster white nationalist groups' finances and political organizing.
White nationalist William Daniel Johnson, who wants "a country made up of only white people," recently founded the American National Super PAC and is robocalling Republican primary voters in support of Trump. Politico wrote in December that "The Ku Klux Klan is using Donald Trump as a talking point in its outreach efforts. Stormfront, the most prominent American white supremacist website, is upgrading its servers in part to cope with a Trump traffic spike. And former Louisiana Rep. David Duke reports that the businessman has given more Americans cover to speak out loud about white nationalism than at any time since his own political campaigns in the 1990s."
Recent fundraising appeals for the white nationalist websites VDARE.com and American Renaissance illustrate how Trump has become part of the far-right's fundraising strategy.
The anti-immigrant website VDARE.com "regularly publishes works by white supremacists, anti-Semites, and others on the radical right," according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
A December 8 post cited Trump's call for a ban on Muslim immigration and concluded "[b]ecause of the improbable rise of Donald Trump ... our ideas are now firmly in the mainstream." VDARE added that Americans are ready for a "rebellion against Open Borders and the tyranny of political correctness" but (emphasis in original) "THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN UNLESS YOU SUPPORT US. I hate to be blunt, but money talks. So many people ask what they can do. And the fact is, the most important thing you can do is put your money to a cause you believe in."
A December 14 appeal from founder Peter Brimelow contained a picture of his wife, Lydia, attending a Trump rally and hailed the Republican candidate for running "on the patriotic immigration reform issue." He wrote that VDARE has "defended Trump on Hispanic rapists (they are a problem), black-on-white crime (he's right), ending Muslim immigration (it's legal), ending birthright citizenship (it's legal too), etc. etc." The appeal added "we can only do this with your help" and solicited donations for the website.
On January 1, Lydia Brimelow wrote that VDARE's "goal was $100,000, more than twice what we've brought in during a single appeal in the past. Not only did we meet our goal-WE SURPASSED IT! As of this writing we have a total of $105,047, and I haven't picked up the mail since 12/30." She added that "as evidenced by this incredible response, VDARE.com, the voice of the historic American nation, is getting louder and louder!"
American Renaissance is a white nationalist publication that regularly features "proponents of eugenics and blatant anti-black racists," according to the SPLC. It is produced by the New Century Foundation, which "promotes pseudo-scientific studies and research that purport to show the inferiority of blacks to whites" and sponsors "conferences every other year where racist 'intellectuals' rub shoulders with Klansmen, neo-Nazis and other white supremacists." White nationalist Jared Taylor is the editor of American Renaissance and president of New Century Foundation.
Taylor wrote a December 21 fundraising email stating that "Trump and the flood of migrants into Europe have resulted in unprecedented interest in American Renaissance" and "we need your help" with donations:
Something has changed.
The rise Donald Trump and the flood of migrants into Europe have resulted in unprecedented interest in American Renaissance.
Never before have our online videos been so popular, or shared so widely.
The last time I wrote to you, our videos had been viewed 342,000 times over the previous year. I thought that was promising, but in just the last six months, they've been watched another 640,000 times--nearly quadruple the previous rate!
One of our videos on Donald Trump has had over 87,000 views. Our video on the "refugee" invasion of Europe has had 230,000 views--and the numbers keep rising.
I used to be excited when a video got 25,000 views in a year.
Thanks to these videos, more and more white Americans--especially young people--are learning about American Renaissance and what we represent.
We must make the most of this sea-change. We must break the stranglehold of the liberal, anti-white media.
No matter what you can give--$25, $50, $100, $500, or even $1,000 or $5,000, please do so.
Taylor is part of the American National Super PAC's robocall. He states that Trump "is the one candidate who points out that we should accept immigrants who are good for America. We don't need Muslims. We need smart, well-educated white people who will assimilate to our culture. Vote Trump."
CNN political commentator and Donald Trump supporter Jeffrey Lord has spent the past five months attacking ethnic and religious minorities, defending sexism, and pushing inaccuracies that necessitate corrections from colleagues. After all of that, CNN just rewarded him with a new contract.
Washington Post writer Erik Wemple reported on January 4 that CNN "recently re-upped Lord's deal, extending him through the end of 2016, Lord tells the Erik Wemple Blog."
CNN hired Lord as an on-air analyst in August 2015 -- a puzzling decision given his recent body of work and relative obscurity. Lord did once serve as a Ronald Reagan's political director nearly three decades ago. But he has lately been confined to the fringes of the Internet as a contributor to NewsBusters.org and a contributing editor to The American Spectator, an outlet that peaked during the Clinton administration and is now exclusively online after publishing its last print edition in 2014.
Lord's most notable recent work prior to Trump cheerleading had been publishing a series of bizarre and "profoundly ahistorical" articles claiming that an African American relative of former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod -- who was the focus of a 2010 smear campaign by conservatives -- wasn't actually lynched. Lord's commentary was so idiotic that his own colleagues disowned it and were "rendered speechless."
Prior to his hiring, Lord was apparently not really on CNN's radar. According to Nexis' archives of CNN transcripts, before 2015, Lord appeared on CNN just once as a guest in 2009 and was cited once in 2007.
So what changed? As PennLive reported, Trump -- who has frequently tweeted praise of Lord, received an American Spectator award from him, and communicated and met with the pundit -- "likely helped Lord get his job at CNN," complaining that "the network only featured commentators who didn't get him":
And while he made it clear that he in no way works for Donald Trump, it was the billionaire who likely helped Lord get his job at CNN. Lord said Trump complained to CNN execs that the network only featured commentators who didn't get him, so CNN asked The Donald who in the world of conservative media he would suggest, and he said Jeffrey Lord, who was by that point a contributing editor of The American Spectator and a columnist for NewsBusters.
"The phone starts exploding from requests from CNN," he said.
Brian Walsh, who was the National Republican Senatorial Committee's communications director, tweeted that "Anyone involved in national GOP politics for the last 20 years wonders what Jeffrey Lord has been doing since he showed up on CNN for Trump ... Lord hasn't had any role in GOP politics since the late 80's but shilling for Trump gives him a spotlight."
The Wrap reported in September that CNN producers have "complained about the obsessive coverage the network has given the GOP frontrunner." Trump has said he thinks he gets "covered better on CNN than I do on Fox."
Lord, through CNN, has made his pro-Trump activism pay off. The Post's Wemple wrote that "in one of cable news's more exotic setups, Lord gets paid, essentially, to say pro-Trump things on air. He does it well, too, at least by the standards of Team Trump." Conservative publisher Regnery will also release a pro-Trump book by Lord this month called What America Needs: The Case for Trump.
Lord's CNN tenure has mirrored the Trump's campaign's penchant for sexism, anti-Muslim and anti-Hispanic claims, and false information. Lord:
Lord's recent claim that it's been "documented" by a "reputable" source that top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin has "ties" to the Muslim Brotherhood through her family shows how low CNN's standards have fallen in the wake of Trump.
In 2012, top CNN anchors Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer admonished those pushing the Abedin smears. Blitzer, who Politico noted is "one of the most stoic, unemotional anchors on cable television," said the charge is "an outrageous, McCarthy-like charge, to be sure" and those who push it "owe Huma -- who I know well -- an apology."
More than three years later, CNN isn't asking people like Lord for apologies -- it's giving him a contract extension.
CNN ran a segment speculating whether top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin was behind a recently released terrorist training video due to her "documented" family "ties to the Muslim Brotherhood." The allegation against Abedin is a disreputable smear that has been previously debunked by senior Republicans and even CNN's own anchors.
On January 2, Donald Trump special counsel Michael Cohen retweeted comments claiming that Clinton and Abedin, who is Muslim, were behind the release of a recruitment video featuring Donald Trump from the al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group Al-Shabab. Clinton had previously said during a Democratic debate that ISIS recruiters are "showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam." Cohen retweeted a claim that "Huma put in order 4 video the second Hillary Clinton lied at debate re yet another video."
During the January 3 edition of CNN's New Day Sunday, anchor Victor Blackwell read some of Cohen's retweets and asked CNN political commentator Jeffrey Lord, "Is that something that's widespread among supporters that, I guess, you know, assumption or conspiracy theory that this was something that was drummed up by the Clintons?"
Lord responded by claiming that it's been "documented" "from a pretty reputable columnist" that "members of Huma Abedin's family have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood." Blackwell made no effort to refute Lord or correct his claims about Abedin, responding that there's a "reported connection":
BLACKWELL: Is that something that's widespread? I mean, you're a Trump supporter. Is that something that's widespread among supporters that, I guess, you know, assumption or conspiracy theory that this was something that was drummed up by the Clintons?
LORD: Well, I think what he may be referring to, I don't know, but it sounds to me, Andrew McCarthy, who was the prosecutor, the U.S. attorney who prosecuted the blind sheik, is now a columnist for National Review. And years ago documented that members of Huma Abedin's family have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. So, perhaps that's what he's suggesting here, that there is a tie, through a tie. I don't know. You'd have to ask him. But I don't think there is anything unusual. This has been out there for quite a long time from a pretty reputable columnist.
Lord added that he wasn't saying "there's a conspiracy here" but there are terrorists who "will take her [Clinton] up on it and just, you know, do as she suggests and put him in a video."
The claim that Abedin is connected to the Muslim Brotherhood through her family has been thoroughly debunked by the media and even Republicans.
Rumor-debunking website Snopes.com wrote that "claims that her late father, her mother and her brother were all 'connected' to Muslim Brotherhood have no factual basis to them." The Atlantic concluded that "from person to person, you kind of have to do a somersault to get from Huma Abedin to the Muslim Brotherhood."
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) called the accusations "nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable woman, a dedicated American, and a loyal public servant." Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said Abedin "has a sterling character, and I think accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous." Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called the attacks "ridiculous." Fox News contributor and Republican consultant Edward Rollins called the accusations "outrageous," "false," "far-fetched," "extreme and dishonest." He added: "Abedin has been thru every top clearance available and would never have been given her position with any questions of her loyalty to this country."
Two of CNN's leading anchors have also debunked the Muslim Brotherhood conspiracy theory. During a July 2012 program, Anderson Cooper called the evidence against her "questionable at best" and based on "many degrees of separation." That same month, Wolf Blitzer said the accusation is "an outrageous, McCarthy-like charge" and said then-Rep. Michele Bachman -- who promoted the claim -- "does owe Huma -- who I know well -- an apology."
CNN is now pushing that same "outrageous, McCarthy-like charge" due to its employment of Jeffrey Lord. The CNN analyst is a fervent Trump supporter who continually embarrasses the network by pushing inaccuracies and defending misogynistic and anti-Muslim remarks.
CNN has been appreciative of Lord's commentary. The Washington Post's Erik Wemple reported yesterday that Lord told him "the network recently re-upped Lord's deal, extending him through the end of 2016." Wemple added Lord's deal is one of cable news' "more exotic setups" since the Republican "gets paid, essentially, to say pro-Trump things on air."
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly lost what little journalistic credibility he still had in 2015 as journalists, colleagues, and media observers dismantled many of the fabrications he told about his journalism career and in his books. Media Matters looks back at O'Reilly's horrible year.
A House hearing called out witness Newt Gingrich for his shady financial dealings seeking to undermine the work of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
Gingrich, who works as a Fox News contributor and Washington Times columnist, appeared as a witness before a December 16 House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing entitled, "Examining the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Mass Data Collection Program." During the hearing, Gingrich attacked the pro-consumer bureau for purportedly being "dictatorial" in its collection of consumer data.
Gingrich has worked as a paid adviser for the U.S. Consumer Coalition, a secretive group that is attempting to dismantle the CFPB. Gingrich is also a paid adviser to Wise Public Affairs, whose clients include the U.S. Consumer Coalition. (Gingrich acknowledged his connections to both groups during the hearing.)
While Gingrich claimed during the hearing that he wasn't trying to be secretive about his anti-CFPB financial connections, that wasn't the case this summer. Gingrich wrote a July 1 Wall Street Journal op-ed attacking the CFPB and promoting the U.S. Consumer Coalition. The op-ed did not disclose any of his financial ties, simply identifying Gingrich as a former House speaker. Following criticism by Media Matters and The Washington Post's Erik Wemple, the Journal issued an "amplification" that he is "a paid adviser to Wise Public Affairs, whose clients include the U.S. Consumer Coalition, which opposes some policies of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau."
Mother Jones had previously reported that the staffers at Wise "do double duty at the Consumer Coalition" and "Setting up groups like the Consumer Coalition seems to be a big part of what Wise Public Affairs offers its customers." However, it's difficult to decipher who is funding Gingrich and the campaign against consumer protections. Mother Jones noted that the "group's true funders may never be known. As a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, the Consumer Coalition is permanently exempt from revealing its donors."
That shady funding came into focus during the hearing, when Gingrich was asked by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) about who funds the U.S. Consumer Coalition. Gingrich -- a "US Consumer Coalition Senior Advisor" -- professed to not know anything about the group's funding.
During the hearing, Rep. Al Green (D-TX) cited Media Matters' research and criticized Gingrich for initially failing to disclose during the hearing that he was "a paid adviser to the Wise Public Affairs group."
He noted that it's "very interesting that there seems to be a sort of a stealth campaign that's taking place under the radar, entities that can't be properly identified" that want "to make sure that the CFPB is emasculated and eviscerated if possible. This is unbelievable."
Rep. Green added: "The people of this country are absolutely being fed bad information. Yes, they are intelligent. Yes, they're smart. Yes, they can sift through the sand and find pearls -- pearls of information -- but they can't do it if you're getting bad information. And that's what this is all about, which is why we have put so much emphasis on what has happened with reference to this stealth organization, this mystery organization."
Fortune is reporting that billionaire and Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson has purchased The Las Vegas Review-Journal, the largest paper in the 2016 election battleground state of Nevada.
Adelson would be a troubling owner for the Las Vegas paper. The casino magnate has spent millions supporting right-wing candidates and causes. He has a checkered past when it comes to his business dealings and practices, and he is anti-Muslim and anti-union.
The timing of the purchase would provide Adelson with many opportunities to advance his interests, both politically and personally. The reported purchase gives Adelson the largest newspaper in a crucial state for both the Republican primary and the 2016 general election. The seat held by Sen. Harry Reid will also be up for grabs next year. And the businessman operates "America's largest casino company" in Las Vegas, where the paper is based.
The Israeli publication Haaretz reported last year that Adelson said he doesn't like journalism:
Adelson already owns Israel Hayom, a free Israeli newspaper widely seen as reflecting the positions of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is considered close to Adelson, and, more recently, news website NRG and religious newspaper Makor Rishon.
"I don't like journalism," Adelson said, highlighting what he said was the media's insistence on focusing on the empty half of the glass.
CNN's Brian Stelter reported following the Fortune report that Adelson told him last night "I have no personal interest" in the paper and "repeatedly indicated that he is not" the owner and "seemed to be enjoying the guessing game." He added on Twitter, "All signs point to Adelson, and his answers to my questions surprised me."
Here are four reasons why Adelson's reported purchase of The Las Vegas Review-Journal is a cause for concern:
RealClearPolitics reported in October 2014 that Adelson is perhaps "the most coveted man in Republican presidential politics" because of his deep pockets. Adelson, whose net worth is estimated at $24.5 billion, reportedly spent $100 million to defeat President Obama in 2012 (emphasis in original):
The stakes of getting on his good side are enormous. In 2012, Adelson spent $20 million supporting Newt Gingrich, single-handedly keeping him afloat during the primaries and doing great damage to Mitt Romney in the process; then, after Gingrich finally fell, Adelson shelled out $30 million to plump up Romney. All told, Adelson reportedly spent $100 million against Obama in 2012. In 2016, says one prominent Republican operative, "every candidate thinks, I can either be the Gingrich of the cycle, meaning Sheldon could give me oxygen, or I don't want to be on the opposite side of who his Gingrich is this cycle. They want to benefit from Sheldon's largesse or make sure no one else benefits from it."
The Huffington Post reported that Adelson and his wife, Miriam, "spent about $100 million on political causes during the 2014 cycle, according to multiple sources."
Adelson is also a major donor to the financial network organized by industrialists Charles and David Koch, with the Huffington Post reporting that in 2014, "Adelson's donations to Phillips' outfit [Americans for Prosperity] and other Koch-funded organizations accounted for a significant portion -- nearly $30 million -- of this haul, according to two conservatives familiar with the network."
The New York Times recently wrote that for the 2016 Republican primary, Adelson "had been rumored for months to be leaning toward supporting Mr. Rubio, but he is also said to be truly uncertain about what to do."
Tracking Adelson's spending may be a difficult task. The American Prospect's Justin Miller wrote that "Adelson's spending has become less transparent. GOP insiders have said that he's given more and more to prominent dark-money groups rather than to super PACs that must disclose donors."
As Media Matters noted in March 2014, Adelson has a checkered past when it comes to his business dealings:
In 2012, Adelson's corporation came under three different investigations from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Justice Department, and the Securities and Exchange Commission, for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), an anti-bribery statute. Additionally, the Times reported at the time that several of the company's subsidiaries also "came under investigation by Chinese regulators."
Adelson allegedly attempted to bribe the Chief Executive of Macau, where a substantial portion of his casino business was located, and reportedly instructed Sands Corp. to bribe a Macau legislator with about $700,000 in "legal fees." (ProPublica reported that "several Las Vegas Sands executives resigned or were fired after expressing concerns" about the fee.) A former Sands Corp. executive also alleged that Adelson fired him after he refused to engage in illegal activity and protested the presence of Chinese organized crime syndicates in Sands' Macau casinos.
Adelson initially insisted that he was being unfairly targeted, but Sands Corp.'s own audit committee ultimately admitted there were "likely violations" of the anti-bribery law. And in August 2013, Sands Corp. agreed to pay the federal government more than $47 million in a settlement to resolve a separate money-laundering investigation, in which the casinos were accused of "accepting millions from high-rolling gamblers accused of drug trafficking and embezzlement."
Adelson has stated: "You don't have to worry about using the word 'Islamo-fascism' or 'Islamo-terrorist,' when that's what they are. Not all Islamists are terrorists, but all the terrorists are Islamists."
Reporter Peter Beinart wrote in Haaretz of Adelson's views of Palestinians and Muslims:
Then there's Adelson's view that the Palestinians are an "invented people." Again, flip it around. In 2008, when Tel Aviv University's Shlomo Sand published a book called "The Invention of the Jewish People," he was widely called anti-Semitic. When Adelson says the same about Palestinians, he's a Republican rock star.
This isn't hawkishness. It's hate. Hawks acknowledge that there are divisions among Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims, but argue that, at this moment in time, the forces of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic militancy have the upper hand. For Adelson, by contrast, there are no distinctions. All Palestinians and all Muslims are detestable killers. It's just who they are. "There isn't a Palestinian alive who wasn't raised on a curriculum of hatred and hostility toward the Jews," he told the Jewish Press in 2011. "They don't want the Jews or any other religion to be alive," he said in the same interview. "The Muslims...want to kill 100 percent of the Jews," he explained last fall. "Not all Islamists are terrorists but all the terrorists are Islamists," he opined in 2012.
Historian Rick Perlstein wrote in Rolling Stone that Adelson is devoted "to crushing labor unions to dust ... Adelson's anti-union mania (I would argue) is the most important thing to know about him. For it reveals just how crazy, and how unscrupulous, the man is." Perlstein wrote of one battle Adelson had with union workers:
In 1999, Adelson closed one casino, the Sands, and completed work on a new one, the Venetian, stiffing so many contractors that there were at one time 366 liens against the property. Taylor, of the Culinary Workers, said he and his colleagues presumed that "like every other casino that had done that, workers in the [closed] hotel would be given priority when the [new] hotel was built." Instead, Adelson refused even to talk. All this, in a union town like Vegas, was unprecedented. "Even when you're having battles, you continue to have talks. Shit, we're talking to the North Koreans right now!" he told me. "The Israelis talk to the Arabs. Talking doesn't necessarily solve anything, but at least you understand the other guy's position." Adelson, not much interested in understanding the other guy's position, proceeded to launch a campaign against the Culinary Workers that Taylor calls "beyond aggressive."
Right before the grand opening of the Venetian, in 1999, the Culinary Workers staged a demonstration on the public sidewalk out front. Adelson told the cops to start making arrests; the cops refused. Glen Arnodo, an official at the union at the time, relates what happened next: "I was standing on the sidewalk and they had two security guards say I was on private property, and if I didn't move they'd have to put me under 'citizen's arrest.' I ignored them." The guards once again told the police to arrest Arnodo and again, he says, they refused. The Civil Rights hero Rep. John Lewis, in town to support the rally, said the whole thing reminded him of living in the South during Jim Crow.
A Wall Street Journal profile stated that Adelson views legislation supported by unions as one of the "fundamental threats to society" (alongside "radical Islam"):
Mr. Adelson views radical Islam, he says, as "one of the two fundamental threats to society" -- a view promoted by his Adelson Center for Strategic Studies in Jerusalem. (The other big threat, he says, is a union-promoted measure to curtail the use of secret ballots in union-organizing elections.)
Several Republican presidential candidates are scheduled to participate in an event hosted by anti-Muslim extremist Frank Gaffney.
Gaffney's Center For Security Policy will host a December 14 summit in Nevada covering topics including "Border Insecurity and Illegal Immigration" and "The Threat from Iran, Shariah and The Global Jihad Movement." The group states that Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Rick Santorum are confirmed to be participating in the event.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has called Gaffney, who is also a radio host and Washington Times columnist, "one of America's most notorious Islamophobes" because he is gripped "by paranoid fantasies about Muslims," including that Muslim Brotherhood agents have infiltrated the upper echelons of the federal government. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump recently cited a misleading poll from the Center for Security Policy in attempting to justify his proposal "for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States." (Trump is listed as having been invited to the conference, but is not a confirmed attendee.)
Despite Gaffney's disreputable background, Republican members of Congress regularly appear on his radio program. Republican presidential candidates like Ted Cruz, George Pataki, Santorum, Mike Huckabee, and Trump have addressed previous Gaffney-sponsored events in person or through video.
The Huffington Post reported that "Fiorina's campaign attempted to distance her from the conference. 'Carly isn't a speaker at this event,' said Anna Epstein, a spokeswoman for Fiorina. 'We're submitting a video and we submit videos to lots of groups that request them.'"
The Southern Poverty Law Center noted that the conference will feature other anti-immigration activists:
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."
The summit will also feature former presidential candidate Herman Cain and Fox News contributor John Bolton.
During an appearance on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' program, Fox News host Tucker Carlson defended Donald Trump's "totally reasonable and rational" anti-Muslim immigration plan and said the media's criticism of it makes him want to donate to Trump's campaign. Carlson also complained that people overlook all the "bad and really troubling" things non-European immigrants have done to the country.
Carlson, who is also the founder and editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller, appeared on the December 9 edition of The Alex Jones Show to discuss Trump's candidacy and the controversy over his plan "for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on." Jones is a leading conspiracy theorist who believes the government was behind 9/11 and several other catastrophes. Trump recently appeared on Jones' program and praised Jones and his "amazing" reputation.
Carlson began by complaining that "the worst thing about Trump is the media reaction to him, which is so hyperventilating and self-righteous. It's merely an excuse for reporters to explain that they're morally superior to Donald Trump ... it's disgusting." Carlson continued that watching negative coverage of Trump makes him "feel like sending him money":
CARLSON: There are things about Trump that I don't agree with, and there are certainly things about his rhetoric that I think ought to be more precise, that he ought to explain better. But none of that really compares in emotional impact to the feeling I get watching the press whine about him and declare him dangerous. Every time I hear that I feel like sending him money.
JONES: I agree with you.
Carlson defended Trump's proposal for a ban on Muslim immigration as a "totally reasonable and rational conclusion to reach" because "we don't want to be Sweden or Belgium or France":
Carlson proceeded to attack non-European immigration to the country. While he said we "pretend it's all good because we get better restaurants and cheap servants," immigrants in recent decades have "made the country less cohesive and more divided," hurt the education system and economy, and become Democrats:
CARLSON: They get away with it politically because they change the composition of the electorate over time. That's exactly, as you know, what's happened since 1965 when immigration law changed to favor people from outside of Europe. And there are probably some good things about that -- there are also some bad things about it, which we never mention. We lie about it and pretend it's all good because we get better restaurants and cheap servants, but the truth is it was a massive boon for the Democratic Party because the overwhelming majority of those immigrants in the last 50 years have become Democrats and stayed Democrats. But it has made the country less cohesive and more divided, and there have been all kinds of other unattractive effects of it. It's affected our education system, it's affected our economy in ways that are bad and really troubling over the long term.
Jones also compared Huma Abedin, an aide to Hillary Clinton, to a hippo, which elicited laughs from Carlson. Jones suggested Abedin was in a same-sex relationship with Clinton. Carlson responded by attacking Abedin as being divisive and irresponsible for her recent criticisms of Trump.
Carlson is a repeat guest on The Alex Jones Show. He previously suggested the Obama administration is engaging in "Nazi stuff" by using ethnic politics, and wants to confiscate all the country's firearms and put people "in jail for even having them."
Fox News Radio host Todd Starnes praised Donald Trump's plan to ban Muslim immigration to the United States as "rather prudent" and better than having Muslims "blow something up over here."
Trump sparked widespread condemnation after announcing he "is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."
In a December 8 Facebook post, Starnes lashed out at critics of Trump's anti-Muslim plan, writing that "a good many folks across the fruited plain support Mr. Trump's plan" and it's "not all that outrageous. It's rather prudent":
But a good many folks across the fruited plain support Mr. Trump's plan. Folks want to do whatever it takes to protect their families from the jihadists.
If you move beyond the toxic politics - what Mr. Trump is suggesting is not all that outrageous. It's rather prudent.
What's wrong with temporarily suspending Muslim immigration from countries harboring Islamic radicals?
Would it not be better to vet them over there - before they blow something up over here?
Unfortunately -- these days politics trumps common sense.
I want you to remember one cold hard reality -- Donald Trump is the product of a leadership vacuum in the Republican Party. So if you want to blame somebody for Mr. Trump's candidacy -- you can blame Establishment Republicans.
Starnes is the perfect audience for Trump's proposal since the right-wing pundit is virulently anti-Muslim. He's suggested the French are at fault for the Paris attacks because they allowed Muslim immigration; said a Muslim should never be president; criticized people who say Islam is "a peaceful religion"; and responded to a question about whether he's anti-Muslim by saying he'll "fellowship with anybody that doesn't want to blow me to smithereens." (Starnes has repeatedly said Muslims want to blow people up.)