The adage that the Democrats are the Party of Treason is being proven true more frequently than ever before during this election cycle.
Imagine if a Republican candidate had been found to have donated money to the Ku Klux Klan. This is far more farfetched than the Leftist media establishment would have you believe, but just imagine in any case that it really happened, and that instead of resigning, the candidate doubled down, and attacked those who had called his donation to light.
Would that candidate have any chance of winning? After the media savaging he would justifiably receive, not on your life.
But consider the case of Ammar Campa-Najjar, who is running against Representative Duncan Hunter for a California Congressional seat. Campa-Najjar’s campaign, according to a Breitbart News report, “made a ‘civic donation’ of $650.00 to CAIR in 2017.” Campa-Najjar, meanwhile, “received nearly $9,000 from CAIR officials.”
In response to this revelation, Campa-Najjar got into a Twitter argument with Breitbart’s Joel Pollack, in which he at first promised: “If you prove that the local chapter has sympathized with terrorism, I’ll demand for $650 be refunded and refund members of the chapter their donations. Prove so and I’ll refund.” When Pollack provided proof, however, Campa-Najjar changed the subject to allegations against his opponent Hunter.
And that will most likely be that. A donation to CAIR? Pah! Why should anyone be concerned about that, other than racist, bigoted “Islamophobes”?
Here’s why. CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case — so named by the Justice Department. CAIR officials have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. CAIR’s cofounder and longtime Board chairman (Omar Ahmad), as well as its chief spokesman (Ibrahim Hooper), have made Islamic supremacist statements about how Islamic law should be imposed in the U.S. (Ahmad denies this, but the original reporter stands by her story.) CAIR chapters frequently distribute pamphlets telling Muslims not to cooperate with law enforcement. CAIR has opposed virtually every anti-terror measure that has been proposed or implemented and has been declared a terror organization by the United Arab Emirates. Ayloush himself in 2017 called for the overthrow of the U.S. government.
But donating to Hamas-linked CAIR is not career suicide for Ammar Campa-Najjar, although if a conservative candidate appeared with an analogous group as unsavory as CAIR, it would be. Campa-Najjar is a hard-Left candidate and never suffered any political fallout among Leftists for his connections to the organization. This is an indication of how topsy-turvy our political discourse is today: this unsavory gang of thugs has been normalized.
Then there is Arizona’s Democrat candidate for Senate, Kyrsten Sinema. Fox News reported Wednesday that she “promoted events at Arizona State University featuring a lawyer convicted for aiding an Islamist terror organization and its leader. Sinema, a co-founder of the activist group Local to Global Justice, invited people in a now-closed Yahoo group to attend two events with Lynn Stewart, both in 2003. At the time of the invite, Stewart had been charged with helping her former client Omar Abdel Rahman, a radical Egyptian spiritual leader of a terror group, to pass on secret messages to his followers to commit terror attacks.”
The Left maintains that Islamic jihad terror is not a problem — it’s just a reaction to the evil deeds of the U.S. and Israel. “Islamophobia,” Leftists insist, is a much greater issue. This is the result: Useful Idiots such as Kyrsten Sinema end up promoting the likes of Lynne Stewart, who was convicted of aiding the jihad mass murder plotting of the Blind Sheikh, Omar Abdel Rahman, who masterminded the 1993 World Trade Center. If you don’t recognize the reality, nature, and magnitude of the jihad threat, you may well end up abetting the jihad.
And there is more. Fox News also reported Wednesday that in a February 2003 radio interview, Green Party activist Ernest Hancock said to Sinema: “As an individual, if I want to go fight in the Taliban army, I go over there, and I’m fighting for the Taliban, I’m saying that’s a personal decision.” Sinema responded: “Fine. I don’t care if you go and do that, go ahead.”
Campa-Najjar and Sinema are proof: the Left hates America, and considers “right-wing extremists,” a term all too often applied to American patriots, far more of a threat than jihad terrorists. It used to be that this fact was dismissed as hysterical hyperbole. Now it is becoming increasingly clear.
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His new book is The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.
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