Sen. Ted Cruz is praising one of his security advisors who is being attacked by a jihad-linked advocacy group in Washington.
“Frank Gaffney is a serious thinker who has been focused on fighting jihadism, fighting jihadism across the globe,” Cruz told CNN on Monday.
“He’s endured attacks from the left, from the media, because he speaks out against radical Islamic terrorism … for example, the political correctness of the Obama administration that effectively gets in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood [which] is a terrorist organization,” Cruz said.
Gaffney was one of several Cruz security team advisors labeled “infamous Islamophobes” last week by the Council on American Islamic Relations, an un-indicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation’s Hamas-funding operation.
The CAIR group is so closely entwined with Islamists and with jihadis that court documents and news reports show that at least five of its people — either board members, employees or former employees — have been jailed or repatriated to the United States for various financial and terror-related offenses.
The record highlighted by critics also shows that CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator in a Texas-based criminal effort to deliver $12 million for the Jew-hating HAMAS jihad group, that it was founded with $490,000 from HAMAS, and that the FBI bans top-level meetings with CAIR officials. In 2009, a federal judge concluded that “the government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR … with Hamas.”
Host Wolf Blitzer tried to press Cruz on Gaffney’s prior comments about Islam.
Cruz refused to play, and told Blitzer that “I’m not interested in playing the media gotcha game of here’s every quote every person who’s supporting you has said at any point, do you agree with every statement. That’s silliness.”
Here’s my view: we need a Commander-In-Chief who defends America and defending America means defeating radical Islamic terrorism and defeating ISIS. What is completely unreasonable is Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s consistent pattern of refusing to even say the words radical Islamic terrorism.
When we see a terror attack in Paris and San Bernardino and President Obama says ‘Gosh I didn’t realize people were upset, I guess I wasn’t watching the cable news.’ And then he gives a national TV conference where he doesn’t call out radical Islamic terrorists, but instead he lectures Americans on Islamophobia, we need a Commander-In-Chief … [and] one of the reasons why we’re going to win in November is people are fed up with this silliness.
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