“Which brings us, weirdly, to the Republican vice presidential candidate, Paul Ryan’s decision,” she said, in the midst of the crisis, to speak at the Values Voters Summit, a hard-right conference that features appearances by a a right wing agitator named Frank Gaffney.
Gaffney is an anti-Islamist who trucks in elaborate conspiracy theories, and who authored a 10-part video series called, “The Muslim Brotherhood in America: The Enemy Within,” which makes all manner of wild allegations that the U.S. government has been infiltrated by Islamic extremists, including Secretary of State Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, wife of disgraced congressman Rep. Anthony Weiner.
Earlier this year, Secretary Clinton’s motorcade was attacked in Egypt after Gaffney spread a rumor through right wing websites that Clinton had rigged the Egyptian elections to favor the Muslim Brotherhood. The charges were taken seriously by parties opposed to the Brotherhood in Egypt, resulting in the eruption of violence.
“That’s these guys,” Maddow said of the Values Voters Summit. ”That’s the event Paul Ryan spoke at today.”
Another interesting speaker, whose name is next to Ryan’s in the Values Voters summit is Kamal Saleem, who, in his official bio, is listed as “author, comma, former terrorist.” Saleem claims to be a former Muslim extremist who was converted to Christianity, although, Maddow points out, “the FBI is not at all interested in him.”
Saleem speaks to Christian groups and spins an elaborate conspiracy theory claiming to have been part of a covert Islamic jihad aimed at taking over the U.S. through the university system and President Obama’s administration. Obama, he says, is “secretly praying Muslim prayers when it looks like President Obama is praying to the American flag, he is secretly praying Muslim prayers.” He also claims that if the federal government relaxes immigration laws, “we’ll all be wearing ragheads.”
“As our embassies burned today,” said Maddow, “Paul Ryan spoke today at this event just a little while before Kamal Saleem did.”