Trump’s CIA Director, and formerly a close Congressional ally of the organized anti-Muslim movement
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R), a member of Congress representing Kansas’ 4th district, has significant ties to anti-Muslim groups and individuals. He has not only appeared at conferences and other programs hosted by anti-Muslim groups, but has co-sponsored legislation they champion.
- Pompeo has appeared on anti-Muslim conspiracist Frank Gaffney’s “Secure Freedom Radio” program over two dozen times since 2013.
- Pompeo is a regular speaker at the anti-Muslim ACT for America’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.: he has spoken at the event for the past three years, and even reserved an auditorium inside the U.S. Capitol this year for the group’s legislative briefing.
- Anti-Muslim group ACT for America took to social media to congratulate the Kansas representative on his nomination as Trump’s CIA Director.
- In a November 29 email to supporters, ACT for America advertised that it will have “a direct line to President-elect Trump through our allies such as … Rep. Mike Pompeo.”
- The anti-Muslim Center for Security Policy praised Pompeo after he led a campaign in 2016 against the Islamic Society of Wichita to cancel an event featuring Sheik Monzer Taleb. After the event was cancelled due to security reasons–armed far-right militia members were planning to protest it–Pompeo issued a statement saying the mosque’s First Amendment right “does not permit the Islamic Society of Wichita to escape responsibility for the horrible judgment of doing so–especially by doing so on this important Christian day [Good Friday].”
- In 2013, Pompeo claimed American Muslim leaders are “potentially complicit” in terrorist attacks.
- Pompeo co-sponsored a House companion bill (H.R.3892) to Sen. Ted Cruz’s dubious S.B. 2230, or the “Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2015.” The bill alleges the civil rights group Council on American-Islamic Relations and two other Muslim organizations have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, a common conspiracy theory peddled by anti-Muslim propagandists like Frank Gaffney and Brigitte Gabriel.
- Pompeo spoke at the Center for Security Policy’s “Defeat Jihad Summit” in 2015, where he claimed the U.S. is “unprepared to defend itself against the threat of the magnitude that the global jihadis present to us today.” Pompeo also lamented President Obama’s stated intent to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, saying, “Guantanamo should be open and full.”