Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is taking fire for a controversial placement on his campaign’s freshly released roster of national security advisers.
Among 23 right-leaning former government officials and think tank personnel named Thursday in Cruz’s “national security coalition,” there was Frank Gaffney, a former Reagan administration assistant secretary of defense who lost credit in political circles for his fervent promotion of conspiracy theories and his radical anti-Islam inclinations.
“Once a respectable Washington insider, Frank Gaffney Jr. is now one of America’s most notorious Islamophobes,” wrote the Southern Poverty Law Center in its profile of Gaffney, who it dubbed an extremist. “Gripped by paranoid fantasies about Muslims destroying the West from within.”
Most prominently, Gaffney helped propagate the narrative that President Barack Obama is a Muslim, lying to Americans about his faith.