The Southern Poverty Law Center is reporting on the Council for National Policy described as a “secretive and influential right-wing coalition”, including anti-Muslim hate figures, and which focuses on political strategy, media, and grassroots organizing. According to the SPLC report:
May 27, 2021 Islamophobia has a presence within the Council for National Policy, a secretive and influential right-wing coalition, according to leaked documents reviewed by Hatewatch. A cache of documents obtained and published by the investigative research organization Documented appears to show anti-Muslim hate group leaders such as Brigitte Gabriel, Frank Gaffney and others who have stoked Islamophobia are involved with the Council for National Policy, or CNP. The documents also reveal that the coalition has promoted policies championed by the broader anti-Muslim network. Founded in 1981, CNP is a coalition of influential right-wing leaders, political operatives, conservative media figures, members of the religious right, free-market fundamentalists and donors. The coalition operates on multiple fronts and focuses on political strategy, media and grassroots organizing. The goal of the coalition is to advocate for right-wing and anti-rights policies that favor conservatives and the religious right. CNP has a habit of cozying up to extreme figures, the coalition’s rosters and associations appear to show. This includes figures known for engaging in anti-Muslim hate.
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The report goes on to note that the Council “enjoyed unprecedented access to the White House under Trump, meeting with his staff on numerous occasions” and identifies well-known anti-Muslm figure Frank Gaffney as its executive chairman:
Another anti-Muslim figurehead involved with CNP is Frank Gaffney. A former Ronald Reagan administration staffer, Gaffney has since become one of the most prolific anti-Muslim propagandists in the country. He is gripped by paranoid fantasies of foreign entities such as the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrating and supplanting the U.S. from within. Gaffney founded the anti-Muslim hate group Center for Security Policy and now serves in an executive chairmanship role at the group.
In 2016 the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch, our predecessor publication, reported that the Trump Administration was considering appointing Claire Lopez, a close associate of Frank Gaffney, to the position of Deputy National Security Advisor. The appointment subsequently did not materialize.
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