CAIR ‘Cautiously Welcomes’ Cancellation of Anti-Muslim Hate Event at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/6/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said it “cautiously welcomes” the Trump Organization’s cancellation of a November event at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida hosted by the anti-Muslim hate group ACT for America.

SEE: Trump Organization Says Controversial Right-Wing Group Will Not Host Event at Mar-a-Lago (CNN)

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/06/politics/mar-a-lago-act-for-america-trump-organization/index.html

Trump Organization Cancels Anti-Muslim Group’s Event at Mar-a-Lago (Palm Beach Post)

https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/20191006/new-trump-organization-cancels-anti-muslim-grouprsquos-event-at-mar-a-lago

Trump Org: Extremist Group Will ‘Absolutely Not’ Hold Event at Mar-a-Lago (Miami Herald)

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article235855202.html

Anti-Muslim Group ACT for America Planned Gala at Mar-a-Lago (NY Times)

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/05/us/anti-muslim-mar-a-lago.html

Islamophobic Extremist Group Act for America Advertised Annual Gala at Trump's Mar-A-Lago

https://www.newsweek.com/mar-lago-act-america-1463411

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“No individual, organization or public official should profit from bigotry. We cautiously welcome the cancellation of Act for America’s hate event at Mar-a-Lago and urge other potential venues nationwide to consider the group’s history of Islamophobia and associations with white supremacist and racist organizations.”

Awad noted that CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Distribution of White Supremacist Materials in Iowa

https://www.cair.com/cair_condemns_distribution_of_white_supremacist_materials_in_iowa

BACKGROUNDER:

ACT for America, founded by "Brigitte Gabriel," is an anti-Muslim hate group with ties to white supremacist and neo-Nazi organizations. [NOTE: "Brigitte Gabriel" is also known as Hanah Kahwagi Tudor and Brigitte Tudor.]

In 2017, ACT for America organized widely-condemned anti-Islam rallies nationwide. The hate rally in Arkansas was promoted on a neo-Nazi message board founded by a former Ku Klux Klan leader.

SEE: Neo-Nazi Billy Roper Organizing ACT for America’s “March Against Sharia” in Arkansas

https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/06/06/neo-nazi-billy-roper-organizing-act-americas-march-against-sharia-arkansas

Anti-government and racist groups such as Oath Keepers, Proud Boys, American Civil Defense, Three Percenters, and White Lives Matter also supported the ACT for America hate rallies.

CAIR: Anti-Islam Hate Rallies Show Convergence of White Supremacism, Islamophobia

https://www.cair.com/cair_june_10_anti_islam_hate_rallies_show_convergence_of_white_supremacism_islamophobia  

Video: Anti-Muslim Hate Group ACT for America is Allied with White Supremacists, Racists

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eYjZThRvEY

Gabriel has argued that, "America is at stage two Islamic Cancer." She believes "every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim," a Muslim "cannot be a loyal citizen of the United States," and that Arabs "have no soul."  

Video: Hate Group ACT for America Leader Brigitte Gabriel Says Muslims Cannot Be Loyal U.S. Citizens

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhFSVLVdQW0

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: ACT for America

http://www.islamophobia.org/islamophobic-organizations/36-act-for-america.html  

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Brigitte Gabriel

http://www.islamophobia.org/islamophobic-individuals/65-brigitte-gabriel-aka-hanah-kahwagi-tudor.html  

ACT for America has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC has named "Brigitte Gabriel" as a member of the nation's "Anti-Muslim Inner Circle."

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, 202-774-0770, aajeen@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com


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