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Daily Beast Headline: “Pamela Geller Will Support Trump”

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The Daily Beast headline blares, “Pamela Geller Will Support Trump.” What’s interesting is how they come by this headline. In what can only be described as underhanded and deceitful, Gideon Resnick emailed me the following:

From: Resnick, Gideon
Date: Sat, May 7, 2016 at 12:11 PM
Subject: #NeverTrump Movement
To: Pamela Geller

Dear Ms. Geller,

Now that Cruz has dropped out, I was wondering if you’d be supporting Trump?

Thanks,

Gideon Resnick

Resnick never identified himself as a Daily Beast reporter or said he was doing a story for the the Daily Beast, in an obvious ploy to catch me off guard. I thought I was communicating with a reader. But what I say in private I say in public. And I said, “Yes, I will support the GOP nominee.”

The fact is that I endorsed Ted Cruz back in May of 2015. He was the best of a crowded field. I was thrilled Cruz got as far as he did. It gave me hope for America’s future. I was/am critical of Donald Trump because of his dangerous and reckless remarks about the First Amendment and our Muhammad art exhibit in Texas. But the fact is that Cruz lost, and I will support the GOP nominee. GOP elites like William Kristol and Mitt Romney are talking about an Independent party run. What hubris. It is the height of stupidity and arrogance. Acting more like Democrats then Republicans, the #NeverTrump RINOS mean to upend the will of the people. That is not who we are. The fact is that conservatives held our noses and supported RINO John McCain, and after that we supported weak sister Mitt Romney. Now it’s their turn, whether they like it or not. A third party run will destroy the GOP and hand the election over to the corrupt and criminal Clinton.

Huge mistake.

“Pamela Geller Will Support Trump,” By Gideon Resnick, The Daily Beast, May 6, 2016:

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Political blogger Pamela Geller, American Freedom Defense Initiative’s Houston-based founder, speaks at the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest, which is sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, in Garland, Texas May 3, 2015. Two gunmen opened fire on Sunday at the art exhibit in Garland, Texas, that was organized by an anti-Islamic group and featured caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad and were themselves shot dead at the scene by police officers, city officials and police said. REUTERS/Mike Stone – RTX1BEL

Anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller, who previously supported Ted Cruz, told The Daily Beast that she will back Donald Trump now. “Yes, I will support the GOP nominee,” she said when asked about the presumptive nominee. Previously, Trump criticized Geller for needlessly antagonizing Muslim citizens with her controversial “Draw the Prophet” event organized by her group the American Freedom Defense Initiative.

“It looks like she’s just taunting everybody. What is she doing?” Trump told Fox & Friends last year. “Drawing Mohammed and it looks like she’s actually taunting people. You know, I’m one that believes in free speech, probably more than she does. But what’s the purpose of this?”

In December, Geller seemed peeved about Trump’s criticism of her, especially in light of his proposal to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the United States.

“Trump denounced our free-speech event,” Geller told The Daily Beast. “For all his braggadocio about opposing jihad and stopping Muslim immigration, he appears to have no understanding of the necessity of standing up to efforts to bully us into silence and to force us at gunpoint to accept Sharia restrictions on the freedom of speech.”

She added: “Our Garland event was responding to the jihad murders of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists in Paris. Trump would apparently have us kowtow and submit, and self-censor our words to please Muslims, in the face of those murders.”

But now that Cruz is out, he’s seemingly a better option than the alternative.

—Gideon Resnick

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