Rep. Mike Pompeo is a Rapture-believing evangelical who sees “radical Islam” at work in small-town America.
One of the many side stories that has been lost in the chaos of the Trump transition is the fact that far-right Islamophobe Frank Gaffney has been serving as a foreign policy adviser.
Considering President-elect Donald Trump’s views about Muslims this isn’t too surprising.Trump’s shallow understanding of the issue of Islamist extremism has obviously been gleaned from the right-wing fever swamps and Gaffney owns that end of the bog. (The Southern Poverty Law Center has posted a full Gaffney dossier.)
But with all the excitement over Trump’s various mounting scandals Gaffney’s influence has flown under the radar – at least until this week.
That’s when one of his close associates went to Capitol Hill to testify at his CIA director confirmation hearing.
That’s right – Trump’s nominee to run the Central Intelligence Agency – Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas – is a Gaffney guy.
Michelle Goldberg in Slate delved into Pompeo’s ultra-conservative religious beliefs which clearly inform his ideas about Islam.
And it led him to an alliance with Gaffney – who is so extreme that he believes Grover Norquist is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood who has infiltrated the National Rifle Association.
Gaffney is so far out there that he was banned from the Conservative Political Action Conference for insisting that its board was similarly tainted.
According to Goldberg – Trump’s CIA director nominee appears frequently on Pompeo’s radio show: