By Jamal Whiteman
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump horrified large parts of the country and the world when he suggested that the United States ban Muslims from entering the country, but Frank Gaffney, a national security advisor to Sen. Ted Cruz, has taken it one step further.
Gaffney has recommended we round up American-born Muslims, strip them of their citizenship and expel them from the country. Incidentally, Cruz supports the mass deportation of all undocumented immigrants.
“Fundamentally Muslims can’t be trusted,” he said in an interview with radio show host Michael Savage. “They want to implement Sharia law, which is incompatible with the American way of life.”
Even before he joined the Cruz campaign, Gaffney had gained a reputation for espousing crackpot views about the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrating the U.S. government. Although Gaffney worked in the Reagan administration, the Southern Poverty Law Center, now describes him as “one of America’s most notorious Islamophobes.”
He has suggested President Barack Obama is a Muslim, and accused Huma Abedin, an aide to Hillary Clinton, when she was secretary of state, of working for the Muslim Brotherhood. He also accused Grover Norquist, a Republican anti-tax advocate, of being a secret agent for the Muslim Brotherhood.
During a recent appearance on Sandy Rios’ radio show, Gaffney expressed suspicion about the U.S. Council of Muslims organizing an advocacy day on Capitol Hill.
“This relatively new group, of which the Council on American-Islamic Relations is a part, called the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations, USCMO, is trying to take political influence to a new level, and that is to actually build political muscle to compel legislators or other would-be elected officials to conform to their demands,” said Gaffney. “And their demands, unfortunately, are to obtain all kinds of accommodations, perhaps most worryingly, of the kind that would enable them to insinuate this really totalitarian program they call Sharia inside our country.”