Trump’s top security pick known for anti-Muslim remarks


US president-elect Donald Trump has named Michael Flynn, a controversial ex-army general who once said that “fear of Muslims is rational” and used the phrase “Islamic ideology sick”, as his national security adviser.

In an interview with Al Jazeera first published in July, Flynn, 57, defended his remarks on social media, saying leaders in the Muslim-majority…


  1. On his Twitter feed, in interviews, and in public speeches, Flynn has made a number of blatantly Islamophobic statements that fail to differentiate between Islam and Islamic extremism. In August, Flynn gave a speech at a gathering of ACT! For America, which the Southern Poverty Law Center deems “the largest grassroots anti-Muslim group in America.” In that address, he called Islam a “political ideology” masquerading as a religion and argued that the faith, held by 1.6 billion followers worldwide, was a “malignant cancer.”

    His son is an InfoWars-reading conspiracy theorist who serves as his chief of staff

    Flynn’s son, Michael, who serves as his chief of staff and worked for the Flynn Intel Group, has a rather inflammatory social media presence. A Thursday CNN review of his Twitter and Facebook feeds revealed that the younger Flynn is a big fan of Alex Jones’ conspiracy site InfoWars and frequently pushes unfounded conspiracies himself.

    Among the wild conspiracies Michael G. Flynn promoted: Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is a closeted homosexual with a cocaine addiction, and Hillary Clinton would be tried for treason in a Trump administration.

    The younger Flynn appears to be a fan of the alt-right, a loosely defined online community of white nationalists, men’s right activists and conspiracy theorists. He frequently retweets posts from prominent members of the alt-right and believes that minorities only voted for Obama because of “the color of his skin.”