Larry Klayman, the addled former Justice Department prosecutor who specializes in filing ridiculous lawsuits against his political enemies, has taken his hatred of “the half-Muslim, anti-white, socialist fraud in the White House” one step further.
After “indicting” President Obama in one of his completely bogus “citizens’ grand juries” in May, Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch who now heads another extreme-right outfit called Freedom Watch, this week suggested that he will bring “millions” of Americans to Washington in November who “may think about chanting: ‘Mr. President (to use the term loosely), put the Quran down, get up off your knees and come out with your hands up!’”
“This fraudster, who stole the presidency and has done so much harm, will finally know that his time has come to leave his perverted, Islamic concept of Mecca, our nation’s hallowed capital,” Klayman wrote at the end of an essay entitled “Obama, come out with your hands up!” that he posted at the far-right RenewAmerica blog on Sept. 16. “I do not advocate violence, but it is time we show Obama that we mean business. He would be well advised to ride off into his Islamic sunset, link up with 72 virgins and party on at his own expense — not ours!”
Klayman doesn’t specifically advocate violence, as he says himself, but his imagery conjures up huge crowds of Americans, in Washington for Klayman’s planned “Occupy Washington” protest, demanding the president’s resignation at gunpoint. Klayman then toys with the idea of Obama’s death when he refers to the 72 virgins with which some Muslims believe God rewards “martyred” jihadists.
Klayman has long been infamous for the scores of lawsuits he has filed against enemies including Bill Clinton, Fidel Castro, Osama bin Laden, Dick Cheney, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, his own mother and many others. A 1998 Washington Post profile quoted a former colleague describing him as a man who would “sue you for criticizing his tie” and reported that one judge had cited him for a “pattern of misconduct” for vexatious litigation. The profile also quoted attorneys familiar with Klayman describing him as “a caricature of a combative and suspicious lawyer.”
In recent years, Klayman has gone beyond filing unsuccessful lawsuits against those he despises. He has taken to convening “citizens’ grand juries,” an idea with no basis in the law but one that originated on the radical right. In the 1990s, dozens of so-called “common-law courts” and “citizens’ grand juries” issued baseless indictments and “convictions” of Clinton, then-Attorney General Janet Reno and any number of others who were seen as enemies. Similar “courts” have re-emerged in more recent years with the strong resurgence of the antigovernment “Patriot” movement.
Klayman, whose most recent book is entitled Whores: Why and How I Came to Fight the Establishment, was a federal prosecutor under President Ronald Reagan and claims to be an international lawyer. Among the far-right outlets that run his propaganda pieces is WorldNetDaily, the “news” website that once published a six-part series alleging that consumption of soybeans causes homosexuality.