Donald Trump is usually understood to be the candidate with the most abhorrent views on Islam in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. But after his latest hire, Ted Cruz could steal the title.
For his national security team, the Texas senator recently recruited Frank Gaffney, whose beliefs, even by the low standards of today’s debate, represent the absolute worst of what Islamophobia has to offer.
Gaffney first entered the 2016 discussion when Donald Trump cited adubious poll from Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy. But the most intriguing thing about him may not be his bigotry: It may be his penchant for accusing both Muslim and non-Muslim public officials of being engaged in secret Islamic conspiracies.
Here are just a few of the people Gaffney says are part of a Muslim plot to weaken the United States.
President Barack Obama
Gaffney was among the earlier proponents of the theory that Obama is a secret Muslim. When the president traveled to Egypt during his first year in office, Gaffney wrote in an op-ed for the conservative Washington Times: “Whether Mr. Obama actually is a Muslim or simply plays one in the presidency may, in the end, be irrelevant” and accused the president of “aligning himself and his policies with Shariah-adherents such as the Muslim Brotherhood.”