Ted Cruz and I were both featured speakers at the Young America’s Foundation’s New England Freedom Conference in Nashua, New Hampshire this weekend, and the Leftists and Islamic supremacists were in an uproar: the Hamas-linked terror organization the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) demanded that Cruz withdraw from the event, and Mother Jones and Media Matters both published lengthy guilt-by-association pieces, wildly misstating and misrepresenting my views and trying to tar Cruz with positions that neither he nor I hold.
Cruz didn’t cave in to this pressure; both he and I spoke at the YAF event, and the media is still reeling from his refusal to submit to their dictates. The Hill said yesterday:
The speech was not without controversy — the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) asked him not to attend due to Robert Spencer’s appearance at the same event. Spencer is an author who has courted controversy over his criticism of Islam.
“Courted controversy.” Heh. Yeah, we’re going steady. And the Washington Post:
Cruz spoke at the Young America’s Foundation New England Freedom Dinner in Nashua. The Council on Islamic Relations asked Cruz not to appear because Robert Spencer, who co-founded an anti-Muslim group, was also appearing at the conference.
“Anti-Muslim group” — evidently the WaPo thinks it “anti-Muslim” to oppose jihad terror and the Sharia oppression of women, non-Muslims, gays, etc. That’s more revealing about them than about me.
This incident was yet another example of how the Hamas-linked Islamic supremacists of CAIR and their Useful Idiots in the Leftist media try, again and again and again, to bully and intimidate into silence not only anyone who speaks the truth about the jihad threat, but anyone remotely associated with them. With the Democrats already firmly in their camp, they’re trying now to secure the submission of the Republican Party.
It’s also an insight into the Left’s methodology: they smear, demonize and marginalize a target, and then use their own handiwork to do the same thing to someone else via guilt by association. Cruz deserves congratulations for standing firm.
Back in October 2005, Hillary Clinton and I spoke at the same event, and Hamas-linked CAIR was likewise furious. If these two wind up as the nominees, watch for this story to reappear regarding Cruz, but no one in the mainstream media will remember the Hillary one.