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CAIR Urges Scott Walker to Drop Adviser Who Recommended Nuking Muslim Capitals

Kevin Hermening also called for deportation of undocumented immigrants ‘of Middle Eastern descent’

English: Scott Walker on February 18, 2011

English: Scott Walker on February 18, 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today called on Republican presidentialcandidate Gov. Scott Walker (WI) to drop a foreign policy adviser who once recommended using nuclear weapons on a number of Muslim-majority nations and for the deportation of undocumented immigrants “of Middle Eastern descent.”

In a 2001 commentary published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Kevin Hermening called for “the immediate and unequivocal deportation of every illegal alien and immigrant, with a focus on removing those of Middle Eastern descent” and for “a massive military response that includes the destruction of the capitals ofAfghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Sudan and Yemen.” He wrote that every military response, including “nuclear weapons,” should be considered.

When asked about the extremist views expressed in the commentary, a Walker campaign spokeswoman stood by Hermening.

SEE: As Hermening’s Role in Walker Campaign Grows, His Views Draw Scrutiny

“It is disturbing that a person put forward as a key foreign policy adviser for a presidential campaign holds and defends such extremist views, and it is equally disturbing to hear campaign officials defend that individual and dismiss criticism of his genocidal rhetoric,” said CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw.

Last week, CAIR called on Walker and other GOP presidential candidates to decline invitations to a “national security forum” in New Hampshire sponsored by an anti-Muslim hate group and featuring conspiracy theoristJohn Guandolo, who claims the CIA director is a “secret Muslim.”

SEE: CAIR Calls on GOP Presidential Candidates to Decline Invite to Hate Group’s N. H. Event

Last month, CAIR similarly called on Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign to drop Kevin Kookogey as campaign chairman for Tennessee after he smeared a Muslim woman state government appointee and because of Kookogey’s longstanding support for anti-Muslim and Islamophobic causes.

CAIR Urges Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz to Drop Anti-Muslim Tennessee Campaign Chair

In March, CAIR joined a coalition of leading American Muslim civil liberties, human rights, faith, and cultural organizations in a letter to another GOP presidential candidate, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, asking that his Right to Rise PAC remove Jordan Sekulow from his position as senior adviser to the PAC because of his long history of supporting anti-Muslim legislation.

SEE: National Muslim Groups Call on Jeb Bush to Drop Anti-Muslim Activist as PAC Advisor

In January, CAIR issued an open letter to potential Republican presidential candidates urging them to reject Islamophobia and to reach out to American Muslim voters.

SEE: CAIR Letter Urges GOP Presidential Candidates to Engage Muslim Voters, Reject Islamophobia
SEE ALSO: Islamophobia in the 2016 Presidential Election

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, nnaeem@cair.com


About Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award winning Palestinian American columnist. Named "Best Ethnic American Columnist" for 2006/07 by the New America Media. He is the recipient of four Lisagor Awards from the Chicago Headline Club and the 2009 Sigma Delta Chi Award for column writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. Visit his website at www.TheDailyHookah.com. Find his podcasts on iTunes and on Vimeo.


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