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CAIR Calls on GOP to Drop, Repudiate Islamophobic Speaker at Feb. 19 North Carolina Event Who Tweeted ‘#IslamIsTheProblem’

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/14/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the Republican Party to drop a notorious anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist as a speaker at an upcoming event in North Carolina and to repudiate his hate-filled Islamophobic tweets and rhetoric.

Islamophobe Chris Gaubatz has been invited by the Haywood County Republican Party as a guest speaker Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Haywood GOP headquarters in Waynesville, N.C.

Gaubatz has tweeted, “When you understand the threat, you understand that there is no such thing as ‘radical islam’ [sic], just islam. [sic],” using the hashtag “#IslamIsTheProblem.”

Link to Screenshots of Tweets:

In the past, Gaubatz joined his former employer and fellow anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist John Guandolo in smearing American mosques and claiming the Black Lives Matter movement is funded by “enemies” of America.

Audio/Video: Islamophobes John Guandolo, Chris Gaubatz Smear Mosques, Say BLM is Funded by ‘Enemies’ of U.S.

Gaubatz falsely claimed that there are Muslim “no-go zones” in Minnesota and that two Muslim members of Congress, Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and André Carson (D-Ind.), had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. He has also been linked to other online Islamophobes.

SEE: Conspiracy Theorist Claims Muslims Have ‘No-Go Zones’ in Minneapolis

Witness at Ted Cruz Hearing Accuses Congress’ Two Muslim Members of Muslim Brotherhood Ties

Unmasked Anti-Muslim Troll Amy Mekelburg connected to Chris Gaubatz

“We urge Republican Party leaders in North Carolina and nationwide to disassociate the GOP from all forms of bigotry, including the kind of Islamophobia spewed by Mr. Gaubatz,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw.

McCaw noted that last year, CAIR welcomed a decision by Virginia’s Amherst County Sheriff’s Office to tell the Amherst County Republican Committee that and event featuring Gaubatz must be moved to another venue. CAIR had urged the sheriff’s office and the Amherst County Republican Committee to drop the event.

SEE: CAIR Asks Virginia Sheriff, GOP to Drop Anti-Muslim Event

Amherst County Sheriff’s Office Nixes GOP Plan to Host Anti-Muslim Speaker at Agency

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.    


CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-999-8292,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, 


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