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Rep. Don Beyer: Trump “Has Made Pervasive Islamophobia A Central Qualification For His National Security Team”


From Rep. Don Beyer:

Beyer On Latest Trump Appointments: “The President-elect Has Made Pervasive Islamophobia A Central Qualification For His National Security Team.”

“I do not expect to agree with President-elect Trump on most issues, but I do expect him to lead responsibly. By appointing Senator Sessions and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to key positions on his administration’s national security team, he has abdicated that duty. His chosen advisors have expressed views attacking women, African Americans, Jews, Muslims, Hispanics and Latinos, immigrants and new Americans, and numerous other groups.  I urge him to reconsider this divisive course and withdraw these appointments.”

Lt. General Michael Flynn, Trump’s choice for National Security Advisor, publicly stated that “fear of Muslims is rational.” Flynn’s financial ties to Russia and Turkey represent a significant potential conflict of interest as he leads the National Security Council. He also said just a month ago that “the Muslim faith itself” is a “political ideology, not a religion,” which is the source of an “existential threat on a global scale.”

Senator Jeff Sessions, nominated to be Attorney General, defended Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States in an interview during which he also defended Trump’s attacks on the Gold Star family of Captain Humayun Khan. Sessions once referred to an African American attorney as “boy,” and said that civil rights groups like the ACLU, the NAACP, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference were “un-American” and were attempting to “force civil rights down the throats of people.” As Attorney General, Sessions – who has criticized the Voting Rights Act – would be in charge of enforcing civil rights laws and investigating police departments for incidents of racial profiling and race-based-violence. Sessions’ has also made his stance on immigration – which borders on nativism – the focus of many public statements.

Representative Beyer previously signed the letter led by Rep. David Cicilline urging President-elect Trump to reconsider his appointment of white nationalist Steve Bannon to the position of Chief White House Strategist.

He is the sponsor of a House resolution, H. Res. 569, “Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States.” He also proposed the Freedom of Religion Act, a bill which would bar the President from using religious beliefs to prevent travelers, refugees, or immigrants from entering the United States. The bill enjoys bipartisan support in the House as well as the backing of a coalition of civil liberties organizations and groups representing a broad spectrum of religious faiths.

  • David Dickinson

    You mean Trump actually wants people on his team who see reality instead of spinning it into some bizarre politically correct lie. Go figure.

  • Southern Liberal

    These appointments have Bannon’s finger prints all over them.

  • True Blue

    For eight years starting before he even took the oath of office, the overt obstruction of our first African-American president, Barack Obama, has been Republican policy. Delegitimizing him by calling him a Muslim Kenyan, joking about watermelons and fried chicken in stereotypic fashion, screaming racial epithets, depicting him in African costume or even by signage with nooses, and five years of the revengeful, thin-skinned president-elect insulting President Obama by asking him for his papers is supported by many Republicans.

    Maybe not all voters chose the president-elect because of racism, but the KKK is surely happy he’s backing their interests, stoking fear and intense reactions that protestors are marching against. Just saying “stop” in response to the bizarre racially tinged reality show he actively promoted doesn’t cut it. Choosing people for his administration whose rhetoric emulates the vitriolic comments he made toward minorities, religious groups, or opponents during debates and rallies is evidence that he does support discriminatory and un-constitutional actions.