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Dana Milbank: Meet the Islamophobe inspiring Trump to redefine extremism

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Anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney is being embraced by the GOP front-runner and Ted Cruz. Gaffney, a far-right provocateur who alleges a Muslim Brotherhood conspiracy in the Obama administration, who warns of “creeping sharia,” referring to Islamic law, and who has played footsie with white supremacy. Respectable conservatives long ago abandoned Gaffney, but Trump Made Gaffney Safe Again. Trump (joined by Cruz) appeared at a rally Gaffney organized in September. In his announcement that he would bar Muslims from immigrating, Trump cited a poll from Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy allegedly showing 25 percent of Muslim Americans believe “violence against Americans here in the United States is justified as a part of the global jihad.”
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.

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