The executive director of the terrorism-affiliated Council on American-Islamic Relations responded Friday to the terrorist attacks in New Zealand by demanding that President Donald Trump condemn white supremacy.
“Mr. President, your words matter, your policies matter, they impact the lives of innocent people at home and globally, and you should condemn this not only as a hate crime, but as a white supremacist terrorist attack,” Nihad Awad, a man who once accused renowned Christian minister Franklin Graham of being a “notorious Islamophobe,” said during a press conference.
“And you need to assure all of us — Muslims, blacks, Jews, immigrants — that we are protected and you will not tolerate any physical violence against us because we are immigrants or we are minority.”
The hypocrisy and lack of self-awareness was galling to independent journalist Andy Ngo. He noted via Twitter that CAIR, an organization that seemingly exists solely to push for the implementation of Shariah law in the United States and prevent critics from rightly noting Islam’s flaws, has “never” condemned Islamic terrorism.
Condemning the ideology is important. Which is why I find @CAIRNational’s response to Islamic terrorism so lacking because they never do this. For example, after San Bernardino jihadist attack, CA exec dir went on CNN to blame America for fueling Muslim rage & extremism. https://t.co/bo9xVQ2vQm
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) March 15, 2019
After the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, four years ago by two Islamic terrorists, CAIR turned around and blamed America for inspiring Muslim anger and extremism.
“Let’s not forget that some of our own foreign policy, as Americans, as the West, have fueled that extremism,” Hussam Ayloush, the director of CAIR’s Los Angeles branch, said to CNN at the time. “Let’s not forget that some of our own foreign policy, as Americans, as the West, have fueled that extremism.”
And then there’s the fact that CAIR is itself directly linked to terrorism.
About a decade ago the FBI designated CAIR an unindicted terror co-conspirator in the prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation and others for providing support to Hamas jihadists. The group was never charged only because of interference by the Obama administration.
Around that same time, former Air Force special agent David Gaubatz published a book accusing CAIR of boasting ties to both Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. In response, CAIR sued.
“The lawsuit initially began when, in 2008, CAIR sued Dave Gaubatz, a former, highly decorated counter-terrorism specialist who worked in and out of uniform for the U.S. government for more than 20 years and served behind combat lines during the Iraq war, after he and his operatives, including his son Chris, went in undercover as CAIR interns,” the American Freedom Law Center notes.
“Once inside the organization, Gaubatz learned of multiple crimes committed by the Muslim Brotherhood-Hamas front organization. As a result, well-known author, Paul Sperry, wrote a book outlining CAIR’s crimes and terror connections based upon Gaubatz’s information. The book revealed how Gaubatz trained his son to work as a CAIR intern and to gain access to the criminal evidence.”
Following the publication of the book, CAIR sued, demanding its ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood be concealed.
We warned way back in 2009 about CAIR plants like Rashid Tlaib & Ilhan Omar infiltrating Congress & pushing anti-Israel, anti-War on Terror, pro-sharia agenda … read the secret CAIR memo outlining Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas plan to infiltrate Congress …https://t.co/qpoE4YJ0AQ
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) March 11, 2019
The CAIR’s presser Friday, it was held after a gang of white supremacists opened first at two mosques in the New Zealand town of Christchurch, killing 49 Muslims and injuring another 48.
Prior to the shooting, one of the perpetrators uploaded a manifesto in which he outlined his white supremacist views and also expressed opposition to the president’s policies and leadership. The killer did, however, describe Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”
While some in the far-left have latched onto this description, using it to accuse the president of influencing the shooter, others have pushed back on this by noting that the entire manifesto reeks of trolling. For instance, the killer also cited black conservative Candace Owens as an inspiration.
“[T]he person that has influenced me above all was Candace Owens. Each time she spoke I was stunned by her insights and her own views helped push me further and further into the belief of violence over meekness,” he wrote.
Both Owens and Trump have for their part expressed sympathy with the people of New Zealand:
My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2019
This is the statement I issued to all inquiring media members earlier today.
I truly have no further statement beyond this point. pic.twitter.com/Ji67okjGwL
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) March 15, 2019
As for CAIR’s response to the terrorist attacks, it reeks of utter hypocrisy, according to social media users, one of whom alleged that Awad himself used to work for Hamas’ political director:
Dude, you literally worked for the political director of Hamas. https://t.co/rpUKS2AMT3
— David Reaboi (@davereaboi) March 16, 2019
Where was CAIR when some muslims did terrorist attacks?! Utter hypocrisy!
— Eddy (@yeahrightuwish7) March 16, 2019
@CAIRSFBA after 911, I did not hear CAIR hold Saudi rulers responsible for the attacks since they have been spreading extremism and wahhabism the world over for the last 50 years. And indoctrinating children against all religions. Hypocrisy and double standards.
— Anonymous900000 (@anonymous900000) March 15, 2019
CAIR- such hypocrisy
— Laura diamond (@laurafut_laura) March 15, 2019
CAIR Needs to condemn all the atrocities committed by the Islamic State first. Stop the hypocrisy.
— AY (@ayeterian) March 15, 2019
120 Christians Killed by Muslims in Nigeria, Christians women stoned in Pakistan and Bangladesh by Muslim men. Haven’t heard the MSM nor CAIR nor Omar,Ilhan nor Farrakhan speak out about this!!! You freaking hypocrites!
— ral8026 (@ral8026) March 16, 2019
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