Turkish media is reporting that a co-chair of the Turkish-American National Steering Committee protested President Joe Biden’s recognition of the Armenian genocide. According to the Daily Sabah report:
April 25, 2021 The United States’ Turkish community came together in Washington Saturday to protest President Joe Biden’s recognition of the 1915 events as “genocide.” The crowd at the Turkish Ambassador’s residence on Sheridan Circle held Turkish and Azerbaijan flags and banners that read: “Let History Decide,” and “Reconciliation, Not Genocide Accusations.” The demonstration came hours after Biden called the events of 1915 “genocide,” breaking U.S. presidents’ long-held tradition of refraining from using the term. The move was strongly rejected by Turkey as “null and void.” Turkish American National Steering Committee (TASC) co-Chair Günay Evinch said Biden threw gas on the fire as opposed to bringing people together in reconciliation. “He has chosen the narrative of the Armenian community, he has chosen to side with the Armenian community at the expense of Turkish-American community and all heritage communities should be treated equally and justly,” said Evinch.
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The Turkish American National Steering Committee (TASC) is strongly tied to Turkish President Erdoğan:
- TASC co-chair Gunay Evinch is a principal of Saltzman & Evinch, a law firm retained by Turkey and registered as a foreign agent of Turkey in 2020.
- TASC co-chair Halil Mutlu is Erdoğan’s cousin.
- TASC’s former treasurer, Murat Guzel, detailed his US political activities in e‑mails to Erdoğan family members.
Previous GIOR reporting on TASC includes:
- In April 2021, we reported that TASC met with the heads of US Islamist organizations and the new Turkish Ambassador to the United States.
- In March 2021, we reported that TASC wanted to contribute to US-Turkish relations by distributing food aid through US politicians.
- In March 2021, we reported that TASC had successfully gotten an anti-Erdoğan ad pulled from Times Square.