Ted Cruz Defends Frank Gaffney, His Foreign-Policy Adviser Who’s Also an Anti-Muslim Conspiracist

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Last week, Ted Cruz revealed the members of his national-security advisory team, and at the top of the list was Frank Gaffney. Gaffney is best known for his position as head of the Center for Security Policy, a think tank dedicated to raising awareness about Muslim extremist infiltration of the U.S. government. Cruz’s choice raised some eyebrows, but in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, the senator not only refused to backpedal on his selection of Gaffney but also defended Gaffney’s willingness to “speak out against radical Islamic terrorism” and “the political correctness of the Obama administration.” 

Frank Gaffney is someone I respect,” Cruz said. “Frank Gaffney is a serious thinker.” Among other things, Frank Gaffney seriously thinks that Saddam Hussein is responsible for the Oklahoma City bombing, that Chris Christie committed treason when he appointed a Muslim-American to New Jersey’s judiciary, and that Huma Abedin, a top Clinton adviser, is a Muslim Brotherhood operative.

Gaffney, along with the several other aggressive neoconservatives Cruz has tapped to advise him, manages to make Donald Trump’s foreign-policy team — which is made up of relatively unknown energy consultants and one counterterrorism expert — look inviting.