ohn Bolton, President-elect Donald Trump’s reported finalist for deputy secretary of state, was a guest on an Islamophobic radio show four years ago and stoked an anti-Muslim conspiracy theory.
John Bolton, 68, has served in four presidential administrations and was most recently the UN Ambassador for President George W. Bush. (On Tuesday, Trump announced his nominee for secretary of state — ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, who has strong ties to Russia.)
In 2012, Bolton appeared on Frank Gaffney’s radio show. Gaffney, who is behind the anti-Islam conspiracy group Center for Security Policy, is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “one of America’s most notorious Islamophobes.” In particular, Gaffney believes that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated all levels of US government.
Bolton’s came on the show as former Rep. Michele Bachmann asserted that the Muslim Brotherhood had infiltrated the government, focusing her attack on Hillary Clinton’s aide, Huma Abedin. Members of her own party — including John McCain and even her own presidential campaign chief — criticized her for the assertion.
Gaffney, in a question to Bolton, first recounted Bachmann’s call for an investigation and then asked, “What do you make of this controversy and particularly the criticisms, the vicious criticisms, that have been mounted against these folks for their warnings from within their own ranks?” Bolton responded by saying, “What is wrong with raising the question?” His full answer:
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