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CAIR Renews Demand that Senate Reject Anti-Muslim Bigot Anthony J. Tata’s Pentagon Nomination

Muslim Group Cites Trump’s Order to Hire Disgraced Islamophobic Conspiracy Theorist Rich Higgins as Tata’s Future Assistant 

(WASHINGTON, DC., 7/13/20) –The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today reiterated its call on members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services to reject President Trump’s stalled nomination of anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist Ret. Army Brig. Gen. Anthony J. Tata to the position of undersecretary of defense for policy.

The Muslim group renewed its call on the committee following news 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.

SEE: White House and Pentagon Clash Over Hiring of Controversial Aide

“We renew our call for the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee to reject anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist Tata’s nomination to the number three job in the Defense Department,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Robert S. McCaw. “With the White House pushing one disgraced anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist — Richard Higgins — to serve Anthony Tata — the discredited Islamophobic conspiracy theorist it has nominated – – the Senate Armed Services Committee’s number one priority should be preventing the Pentagon being run by bigots.” 

Higgins previously served under Trump’s discredited National Security Advisor Michael Flynn – an anti-Muslim bigot in his own right who previouslycompared Islam to a “cancer,” stated that fear of Muslims is “rational” and was convicted of lying to the FBI during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference.

Following Flynn stepping down then National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster fired Higgins for writing a widely discredited xenophobic conspiracy-theory infused memo titled “POTUS & Political Warfare.” The memo stated that “cultural Marxism” and a cabal of “‘deep state’ actors, globalists, bankers, lslamists, and establishment Republicans,” using “attack narratives” were tying subvert the Trump administration’s agenda. The memo included mention of CAIR working along with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Black Lives Matter, as well as the United Nations.


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.”  

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, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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