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CAIR Action Alert: Urge Senate Armed Service Committee Republicans to Vote ‘NO’ on Anti-Muslim Pentagon Nominee Anthony Tata

  • A vote on Tata’s nomination is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 30 at 9:30 AM 
  • Ten Democratic committee members have already vowed to oppose Tata’s nomination 
  • CAIR is urging all Americans to call Republican Committee members and leave a message opposing Tata’s nomination 

(WASHINGTON, DC, 7/28/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is urging all Americans to call Republican Senators serving on the U.S. Senate Armed Service Committee to demand that this Thursday, July 30, they vote “NO” during the nomination hearing of anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist Ret. Army Brig. Gen. Anthony J. Tatato the position of undersecretary of defense for policy.  

Ten Democratic committee members — led by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren — have already vowed to oppose the nomination and recently urged Tata to withdraw based on his record of “offensive and inflammatory comments.” Ranking Democratic committee member Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed has also said he will oppose the nomination prior to the hearing. 

TAKE ACTION: CALL REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE: See Instructions, Resources, Phone Numbers and Call Script Below  

While almost all Democratic senators serving on the committee have declared their opposition to Tata – unless Republican members on the committee vote “NO” on the nomination, it will proceed to the Senate floor.   

A call script is provided below. Please note, individuals that live in states that have a senator who serves on the committee can use their influence as a constituent to exert additional pressure.  

Contact information of Republican members of the Senate Committee on Armed Services: 
 
 

Sen. Jim Inhofe (Oklahoma) – Chairman of the Committee – Phone: (202) 224-4721  

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee) – Phone: (202) 224-3344  

Sen. Tom Cotton (Arkansas) – Phone: (202) 224-2353  

Sen. Kevin Cramer (North Dakota) – Phone: (202) 224-2043  

Sen. Joni Ernst (Iowa) – Phone: (202) 224-3254  

Sen. Deb Fischer (Nebraska) – Phone: (202) 224-6551  

Sen. Josh Hawley (Missouri) – Phone: (202) 224-6154  

Sen. Martha McSally (Arizona) – Phone: (202) 224-2235  

Sen. David Perdue (Georgia) – Phone: (202) 224-3521  

Sen. Mike Rounds (South Dakota) – Phone: (202) 224-5842  

Sen. Rick Scott (Florida) – Phone: (202) 224-5274  

Sen. Dan Sullivan (Arkansas) – Phone: (202) 224-3004  

Sen. Thom Tillis (North Carolina) – Phone: (202) 224-6342  

Sen. Roger Wicker (Mississippi) – Phone: (202) 224-6253  

Call Script: Suggested Message to U.S. Senators:   

“Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I am calling to urge Senator [NAME OF SENATOR] to “OPPOSE” and “VOTE NO” on the nomination of Anthony J. Tata to the position of undersecretary of defense for policy. Tata is totally unqualified for the position given is long history of anti-Muslim views and promotion of unhinged conspiracy theories, including that President Obama was a ‘terrorist leader’ working for foreign powers and that former CIA Director John Brennan had ordered the assassination of Trump via a coded message on social media.  

No apology or explanation that Tata could provide the committee can dismiss his years of anti-Muslim bigotry. Thank you.”  

BACKGROUND  

In April, CAIR called on members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services to reject President Trump’s then reported nomination of anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist Anthony J. Tata to the position of undersecretary of defense for policy.  

In his 2019 novel “Double Crossfire,” Tata promotes the right-wing, white supremacist, and anti-Muslim conspiracy theory that Muslims in Europe engage in sex crimes that are covered up by the media and politicians. In his book “Double Crossfire,” Tata writes:  

Islamic ‘grooming’” is “a right [sic] of passage for young Muslim men in Great Britain” in which “young men were gang-raping British women as part of their transition to manhood.” 

The rising tide of Islam in Europe had seeped into the historically secular governments, and their collective media now forbade any speech against Islamic crimes.“  

CAIR notes, these far-right conspiracy theories are used as a recruiting tool by white supremacist groups in the U.K and Europe.  

In 2018, following a terrorist attack in Strasbourg, France, Tata told FOX News “there is intent to harm Western society by Islam” and “it’s a truism that has to be built into policy so we can strengthen our borders.”  

During that same interview, Tata claimed Muslim immigration has disrupted European society: “this immigration policy of France and all of Europe with all the [Muslim] refugees that they have allowed in, millions that they allowed in have disrupted societies all throughout Europe and it’s not a good thing and they got to get control of it.”    

Two weeks ago, CAIR renewed its call on members of the committee to oppose Tata’s nomination following reports in the media that Trump has ordered the Department of Defense to hire disgraced anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists and fired National Security Council aide Richard Higgins as chief of staff to the undersecretary of defense for policy – in anticipation of serving under Tata.     

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 Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com  

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