Designated terrorist group CAIR condemns Trump’s so-called “disrespect for Congressional vetting” after appointment of a highly-respected general, whom CAIR likes to smear as an “anti-Muslim bigot,” to the position of Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy.”
CAIR Retired Army Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata, would become the third highest official in the Pentagon overseeing the Defense Department’s policy shop, including its national security and defense strategy, nuclear deterrence and missile defense policy, and security cooperation plans and policies. The policy chief also closely advises the secretary of defense on national security and supports the Department of Defense’s program and budget decisions.
Tata was originally nominated to the position of Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, but his confirmation hearing was canceled last Thursday after Democrat members of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee objected to his anti-Muslim social media posts and attacks against the Obama administration.
CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw said, “Tata’s venomous anti-Muslim rhetoric disqualified him from Senate confirmation. By appointing Tata to a similar Pentagon position without Senate confirmation, President Trump has once again shown his embrace of hatred, his hostility towards Muslim Americans, and his lack of respect for (Democrats) in Congress.”
In several tweets from 2018, Tata said that Islam was the “most oppressive violent religion I know of” and claimed Obama was a “terrorist leader” who did more to harmthe US “and help Islamic countries than any president in history.”
Prior to the confirmation hearing’s cancelation, CAIR submitted a statement for record urging members of the committee to vote “NO” during the confirmation hearing on Tata’s nomination.
CAIR’s opposition to Tata’s nomination is based on his long history of espousing Islamophobic and anti-Muslim views, in addition to his promotion on social media of bizarre and unhinged political conspiracy theories targeting members of the Obama administration.
Prior to the hearing, ten Democratic committee members — led by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren — vowed to oppose the nomination and recently urged Tata to withdraw based on his record of “offensive and inflammatory comments.”
Tata also lashed out at prominent Democratic politicians and the media on Twitter, such as California Reps. Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi, who he said “have always been the same violent extremists.” After Waters called for people to confront and harass Trump Cabinet members in response to families being separated at the southern border. Tata called Waters a “vicious race- baiting racist.”
According to CAIR, the White House’s nominee for a top position at the Pentagon has a history of making Islamophobic and inflammatory remarks against prominent Democratic politicians, including calling former President Barack Obama a Muslim.
CNN In a tweet, Tata wrote Obama “is a Muslim who got other countries involved via corporate greed to support a regime (Mullahs) that sponsors anti West hatred and violence using money US unfroze or gave. He made no secret of his belief that a weaker America made for a stronger world.” After a user said there was no evidence that Obama was a Muslim, Tata replied, “Other than him saying he is, no.”
Tata wrote that Waters and Pelosi, the Financial Services Committee chairwoman and House speaker, respectively, “have always been the same violent extremists” and that Trump threatened their election prospects.
In one tweet responding to a Twitter user who said that Obama was not a “terrorist sympathizer,” Tata replied, “No, he was just a terrorist leader,” writing that Obama “gave $150B to #1 state sponsor of terror so they could destroy Israel,” a reference to Iran and the Iran nuclear deal.
In a follow-up tweet, Tata wrote Obama “is a Muslim who got other countries involved via corporate greed to support a regime (Mullahs) that sponsors anti West hatred and violence using money US unfroze or gave. He made no secret of his belief that a weaker America made for a stronger world.”
During a radio appearance from 2018, Tata called Obama an anti-Semite who wanted to give Iran money so the country could fund terrorist organizations, and that unlike Obama, Trump wanted to defeat ISIS.
“The reason Obama did that was he wanted nothing to impact his Iran nuclear deal because what he wanted was Iran to be flushed with cash so that they could support Hezbollah and Hamas and their fight against Israel because Obama is an anti-Semite,” said Tata. “That was all of the machinations of the Obama administration and he gave birth to ISIS and he also allowed what weapons of mass destruction to use in the Middle East. And so President Trump is simply allowing us to defeat ISIS now which Obama did not want to happen.”
In an appearance on FOX News, General Tata said: ‘Communist John Brennan’ never should have had a security clearance: