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SPLC statement on tapping Fred Fleitz for NSC position

We’re deeply alarmed by this trend of people associated with hate groups joining the Trump administration.

 On Tuesday, National Security Adviser John Bolton named Fred Fleitz, senior vice president of the Center for Security Policy (CSP), to be his chief of staff at the National Security Council (NSC). 

Founded by Frank Gaffney, the CSP is known for propagating wild conspiracy theories that have no basis in fact but do stoke a climate of fear and violence against American Muslims.

These conspiracy theories are based on the false notion that violent extremists claiming to act in the name of Islam have infiltrated all levels of our government with the aim of destroying our democracy and that ‘creeping Shariah,’ or Islamic religious law, is an actual threat to our legal system. 

Fleitz will now be in a position to do serious harm to our national security as he pushes an extreme anti-Muslim agenda.