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Adam Hasner was an early and vocal supporter of the Ryan Plan, which would make deep cuts to Medicare and Social Security. Hasner praised the Ryan Plan as “bold,” and referred to himself as a “steadfast” supporter. In fact, his only objection was that the Ryan Plan did not go far enough. Hasner frequently castigated his fellow Republicans for not endorsing the Plan or failing to defend it in the face of criticism. Further, Hasner has been called “the undisputable king of partisan warfare,” and spent his time in the State House pushing an extremely conservative agenda. He has called himself a “Tea Party Radical” and constantly exhorted Republicans to pursue hardline policies at any cost. Finally, Hasner has allied himself with conspiratorial, anti-Muslim fringe activists. He is friends with Pamela Geller, a blogger who routinely warns about “creeping Sharia” and believes President Obama was born in Kenya. Hasner is also close with Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician who has sought to ban Islam from The Netherlands. Hasner himself questioned the loyalties of American Muslims and framed the battle with Islam in apocalyptic terms.
Supports The Ryan Plan
Hasner Called The Ryan Plan “Bold,” Said It “Does What Needs To Be Done It Terms Of Tackling Short Term Spending And Addressing Long Term Entitlement Reforms.” According to Newsmax, “House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s plan to cut the deficit by $4.4 trillion in the next decade is a ‘bold’ plan and Republicans need to stand firm and not worry about political consequences, former Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner told Newsmax.TV. ‘It’s a bold proposal and it does what needs to be done in terms of tackling short term spending and addressing long term entitlement reforms,’ he said at the South Florida Tea party Tax Day event Saturday in Boca Raton, Fla.” [Newsmax, 4/18/11] Hasner Said Republicans Needed To Back The Ryan Plan. According to Newsmax, “The new batch of Republican lawmakers in 2012 will be shouldered with the responsibility of challenging their colleagues on both sides of the aisle, said Hasner, who recently told Newsmax.TV that GOP members of Congress needed to back U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan. ‘Right now, we need more Republicans who are not only prepared to take on Democrats but take on Republicans when they stray,’ the website quotes Hasner as saying. ‘I don’t blame just Democrats for the problems we face today. I think Republican share in blame. That’s why we need leaders in Washington who will have courage to challenge both Democrats and Republicans.’” [Newsmax, 4/26/11]
Hasner Supported Raising Retirement Age And Means Testing. According to the Marc Bernier Radio Show, Hasner said, “I’m a big supporter of the Paul Ryan Plan to modernize Medicare and I believe we’re going to have to be honest with people and talk about raising the retirement age for social security, means testing it, changing the way benefits are calculated.” [WNBD, Marc Bernier Radio Show, 10/24/11] Hasner Posted A Video Of Ryan Explaining His Medicare Plan Under The Title “Adam Hasner Stands With Paul Ryan.” Hasner uploaded a video to his Facebook page that featured Paul Ryan explaining his Medicare plan. The video was posted under the headline “Adam Hasner Stands With Paul Ryan.” [Adam Hasner, “Adam Hasner Stands With Paul Ryan,” Accessed 3/2/12] May 2011: Hasner Said He Was “Steadfast” In His Support Of The Ryan Plan; His Only Complaint Was That “It Does Not Go Far Enough, Fast Enough.” According to the Sunshine State News, “Former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, now in a crowded and competitive Republican primary to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in 2012, shrugged off the results of a special congressional election in New York on Tuesday night, in which a Democratic candidate picked up a seat from the Republicans, and doubled down his support of federal budgetary reforms backed by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis…‘While others stick their fingers in the wind to see what the election results from last night mean for their support of the Ryan plan, I remain steadfast in my support,’ added Hasner. ‘In fact, my only complaint with the Path to Prosperity Plan is that it does not go far enough, fast enough, to address Washington's unsustainable spending.’” [Sunshine State News, 5/25/11] Hasner Called The Ryan Plan “A Good Start.” According to the Tampa Tribune, “The recent shutdown of the U.S. government was averted when $38 billion in spending cuts were negotiated. But the federal government, Hasner said, would borrow more than the $38 billion in savings within 10 days, Hasner said. He said the plan put forth by Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the House Budget Committee chairman, is a ‘good starting point.’” [Tampa Tribune, 4/30/11] Hasner Promised To Support The Ryan Plan Or “Any Plan That Shares Its Goals.” According to the Orlando Sentinel, Hasner wrote in an op-ed, “I'll support and advocate for the Ryan plan or any plan that shares its goals, because it will put America back on the path to prosperity while saving Medicare for the millions of Florida seniors who depend on this essential program. This isn't a political strategy or a clever maneuver on my part; it's simply what I believe is the responsible leadership path that's been lacking for too long in our politics.” [Orlando Sentinel, 6/17/11] Washington Post: Hasner “Fully Embraced” The Ryan Plan. According to the Washington Post, “Like Rubio in his successful 2010 Senate campaign, Hasner has less experience and name recognition than other Republicans in the field hoping to take on Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) next November. And, like Rubio, he’s working to position himself as the preferred candidate of conservative activists and the national pundit class — particularly on Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R) budget, which Hasner has fully embraced, a rare Senate candidate willing to take such a step… For the moment, Hasner is placing a major bet that his support for the Ryan plan will pay political dividends — casting him in the eyes of GOP voters as the only true conservative in the contest. Rick Wilson, an adviser to Hasner, says voters will reward him for taking a principled stand: ‘Adam is a junkyard dog on policies and willing to take some very tough stands and willing to go out there and swim against the current, because he’s not a guy who puts political calculus first.’ If voters wanted someone swayed by popular opinion, he said, ‘we would have Sen. Charlie Crist right now,’ added Wilson.” [Washington Post, 6/6/11] Hasner Wanted To Cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid. According to the Sun Sentinel, Hasner said, “If we don’t do the things to get us back in the right direction, the spending cuts, the
long term entitlement reforms to Social Security, and Medicare, and Medicaid, if we don’t have the courage to do those, then I think we’re going to find America a far different place in just a few years from now.” [Sun Sentinel, 7/20/11] • Wall Street Journal: Ryan Plan Would “Essentially End Medicare.” According to Naftali Bendavid at the Wall Street Journal, “The plan would essentially end Medicare, which now pays most of the health-care bills for 48 million elderly and disabled Americans, as a program that directly pays those bills.” [Wall Street Journal, 4/4/11] Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel: Ryan Budget Plan Would Nearly Double Out-OfPocket Costs for Seniors. The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reported that “The Ryan budget plan would cut federal spending on Medicaid, which provides health care for the poor, and begin distributing money by block grant to states. The plan would do away with Medicare's direct payment for health care for seniors, replacing it with a voucher system in which recipients choose private insurers. The plan would do away with Medicare's direct payment for health care for seniors, replacing it with a voucher system in which recipients choose private insurers. The Congressional Budget Office found that part of the plan, which would take effect in 2022, could nearly double out-of-pocket costs for seniors.” [Ft Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, 4/16/2011] Economic Policy Institute: Ryan Budget Would Result in Roughly 900,000 Jobs Lost in 2012 and Roughly 1.3 Million Jobs Lost in 2013. According to the Economic Policy Institute, “Using a standard macroeconomic model that is consistent with that used by private- and public-sector forecasters, we estimate that the shock to aggregate demand from near-term NSD spending cuts would result in roughly 900,000 jobs lost in 2012 and roughly 1.3 million jobs lost in 2013. Cumulatively, cuts of this magnitude would result in a loss of 2.2 million jobs over the next two years, or 3.1 million full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs. [Economic Policy Institute, 4/13/11] Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Two-Thirds of the Ryan Plan’s Cuts Come from Programs Helping the Poor and Middle Class. In April 2011, Robert Greenstein, President of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said that nearly two-thirds – about $2.9 trillion of the Ryan Plan’s $4.5 trillion in budget cuts over ten years comes from programs aiding the poor or disadvantaged. The $2.17 trillion of these cuts come from Medicaid and repeal of the expansion of Medicaid under the 2011 health care reform law. The remainder of the $2.9 trillion would come from non-health related services to the poor, such as Pell Grants, food stamps, and low-income housing programs. [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Press Release, 4/20/11, 4/20/11] New York Times Editorial: Ryan Plan Would End Medicare’s Guaranteed Benefit. The House Republican budget would mean that “older Americans no longer have a guarantee that Medicare will pay for their health needs. […] He would still offer the elderly a fixed amount of money to shop for their own health insurance, but allow the option of enrolling in traditional Medicare.” [New York Times Editorial, 3/20/12]
EXTREME STATEMENTS AND PARTISANSHIP
Hasner: "Compromise And Consensus Are What Got Us In This Trouble In The First Place." According to the Lakeland Ledger, in reference to his opposition to the debt ceiling compromise, Hasner said, “Compromise and consensus are what got us in this trouble in the first place.” [Lakeland Ledger, 8/3/11] Hasner Said He Was “A Tea Party Radical.” According to the Lakeland Ledger, Hasner said, “A few years ago I was called too partisan, too radical. It is who I am. I was branded as a tea party radical. Well, if urging the cutting of unnecessary government expenses and reducing taxes make me a tea party radical, then pass the sugar.” [Lakeland Ledger, 8/3/11] Hasner Compared The Threat Of Debt To Hitler. According to the Miami New Times, in a 4th of July message to supporters, Hasner said, “On July 4, 1941, as Hitler's Reich spread its influence across Europe, President Roosevelt used a radio address to proclaim the Fourth of July holiday as an example to the world in its fight for freedom. President Roosevelt said, ‘several new practices of tyranny have been making such headway that the fundamentals of 1776 are being struck down abroad, and definitely, they are threatened here’…Today, the biggest threat to our liberty is not a foreign government, but our own. The worst practice of tyranny is not from a dictator, but from our debt - a debt which threatens to enslave future generations of Americans to a diminished future, a lower standard of living, and a reduction of our freedoms. We face more restrictions on our liberties from stifling bureaucrats than from threats abroad.” [Miami NewTimes, 7/6/11] • Hasner Attacked Rep. Alan Grayson For Making A Reference To The Holocaust.” According to CNN.com, “GOP leaders charged Grayson with crossing a rhetorical line and demanded an apology. Grayson responded by apologizing not for his remarks but for the government's failure to enact health care reform sooner. ‘I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven't voted sooner to end this holocaust in America,’ he said… On Thursday, a GOP legislative leader from Grayson's home state of Florida criticized him for making light of the Jewish Holocaust during World War II. ‘Regardless of one's position on the issue of health care reform, comparing the American health care system to the systematic murdering of over 6 million Jews is totally outrageous and unfit for someone holding public office,’ Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner said.” [CNN.com, 10/1/09]
Hasner Attacked Occupy Wall Street As “Anti-Capitalists,” “Anti-Semites,” And “BornAgain Communists.” According to the Florida Independent, the Hasner campaign sent out an email that read, “President Obama and the Democrats have chosen sides. Instead of standing with the millions of middle class Americans who work hard, play by the rules, and want government to get off their backs and out of their way – President Obama is siding with a collection of left-wing activists, anarchists, and extremists who are occupying cities from New York to Miami…The front lines of President Obama and the Democrats’ new supposedly anti-capitalist army is manned by kids decked out in the latest designer logoed clothes and sporting the latest high-tech toys from some of the world’s most successful corporations. They’re joined by born-again communists and ranting antiSemites who want to destroy Israel. [Florida Independent, 10/20/11] The St. Petersburg Times Called Hasner “An Extreme Right-Winger Who Comes Off As Perfectly Reasonable.” According to the St. Petersburg Times, “Hasner is a fierce partisan who has stood out in recent years for being among the earliest prominent Republican critics of Crist, for fighting a federal effort to help make unionizing easier, for vocally attacking a Muslim civil rights group (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) for alleged terrorist ties and for promoting electric cars in Florida. Nobody calls Hasner a leading contender at this point, but some Democratic strategists perceive him as a serious general election threat: an extreme right-winger who comes off as perfectly reasonable.” [St. Petersburg Times, 1/31/11]
Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel: Hasner Was Known In The Legislature For “A Bare-Knuckle Style.” According to the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, “The same goes for Boca Raton's Adam Hasner, the House Republican majority leader, who represents a small part of northern Broward. He campaigned as a bipartisan bridge-builder but is known around the Capitol for a bare-knuckles style.” [Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, 3/24/09] The Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel Called Hasner The “Indisputable King Of Partisan Warfare.” According to the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, “House Majority Leader Adam Hasner leaves his second full session running the House Republicans as the indisputable king of partisan warfare. Hasner, R-Boca Raton, was at the center of virtually every major partisan fight. He pushed a constitutional amendment requiring a secret ballot in unionization votes. It passed the House but stalled in the Senate. Behind the scenes, Hasner helped orchestrate an unprecedented leadership change when then-House Speaker Ray Sansom came under grand jury investigation.” [Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, 5/17/09] Video: Hasner Said Compromise Will Lead To Losing Country. According to the Sun Sentinel, Hasner said, “If we break, if we bend, if we compromise, then not only are we going to lose the debate, but we’re potentially going to lose our country.” [Sun Sentinel, 7/20/11] Video: Hasner “Republicans Don’t Need To Be Less Partisan.” According to The Florida Independent, “After attendees helped themselves to free coffee and patriotically decorated doughnuts, Hasner delivered a speech that reiterated a common refrain of his: ‘Republicans don’t need to be less partisan. They need to be more principled.’” [The Florida Independent, 7/13/11] Rubio Once Called Hasner “The Most Partisan Republican In Tallahassee.” According to the Washington Post, “Sen. Marco Rubio is the latest Florida Republican leader to line up behind former state Rep. Adam Hasner, who dropped out of the state’s Senate race to run for the new 22nd district congressional seat. Rubio once called Hasner the ‘most partisan Republican in Tallahassee,’ a quote the candidate has used frequently on the trail.” [Washington Post, 2/28/12]
Hasner Opposed Any Compromise In Debt Talks. According to RedState, Hasner sent a message to supporters entitled “Don’t Cave” that read, “Let me be clear: Republicans cannot cave….Raising the debt limit (again), without serious fiscal reforms, is a recipe for economic disaster. And enabling President Obama to use it as an excuse to raise trillions in taxes is pretty much unforgivable.” [RedState, 7/11/11] • Frank Cerabino: “I Don’t Remember Getting Any Hitler Advisories From Hasner During The Previous Seven Times The National Debt Was Raised Under President George W. Bush.” According to the Palm Beach Post, columnist Frank Cerabino wrote, “Stifling bureaucrats are today's Adolf Hitler? That's like saying imposing environmental regulations on harmful greenhouse gases is the equivalent of gassing millions of Jews to death in concentration camps, or that eliminating a tax break for the very richest Americans is like invading Poland. What's even more strange is that I don't remember getting any Hitler advisories from Hasner during the previous seven times the national debt limit was raised under President George W. Bush.” [Palm Beach Post, 7/9/11]
May 2011: Hasner Said He Was “Steadfast” In His Support Of The Ryan Plan; His Only Complaint Was That “It Does Not Go Far Enough, Fast Enough.” According to the Sunshine
State News, “Former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, now in a crowded and competitive Republican primary to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in 2012, shrugged off the results of a special congressional election in New York on Tuesday night, in which a Democratic candidate picked up a seat from the Republicans, and doubled down his support of federal budgetary reforms backed by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis…‘While others stick their fingers in the wind to see what the election results from last night mean for their support of the Ryan plan, I remain steadfast in my support,’ added Hasner. ‘In fact, my only complaint with the Path to Prosperity Plan is that it does not go far enough, fast enough, to address Washington's unsustainable spending.’” [Sunshine State News, 5/25/11] Hasner Called The Ryan Plan “A Good Start.” According to the Tampa Tribune, “The recent shutdown of the U.S. government was averted when $38 billion in spending cuts were negotiated. But the federal government, Hasner said, would borrow more than the $38 billion in savings within 10 days, Hasner said. He said the plan put forth by Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the House Budget Committee chairman, is a ‘good starting point.’” [Tampa Tribune, 4/30/11] Hasner Opposed All Debt Plans Except Cut, Cap And Balance. According to the Sunshine State News, Hasner said in a statement “I cannot support the latest plans for raising the debt ceiling. The House plan doesn't cut enough now, and it doesn't do enough to prevent Congress from spending later. The Senate's plan is a blank check to President Obama to add trillions more to our debt. Rather than continuing to float new plans, Republicans in Congress should unite around the only plan that will solve our debt crisis once and for all; a plan that has received bipartisan support and will prevent a credit downgrade: the 'cut, cap and balance' plan. Cutting spending, capping spending, and insisting on a meaningful balanced budget amendment is the only responsible way to deal with our debt crisis, and remains the only plan I would support.” [Sunshine State News, 7/26/11] Hasner Opposed The Debt Ceiling Compromise Because It Didn’t Include Cut, Cap, And Balance. Hasner said in a statement on Facebook, “Tonight the House is voting to add at least $7 trillion to America’s debt over the next ten years. There will be good conservatives on both sides of this vote, but I oppose this plan because it falls woefully short of putting America on sound financial footing. It doesn’t come close to meeting the conditions necessary to avoid a downgrade to America’s best-in-the-world credit rating and it leaves the door open for massive tax hikes. There is no strict requirement for a Balanced Budget Amendment or strong, across-the-board spending caps tied to the size of the economy. Furthermore the plan will not restore confidence in America’s jobcreators or job-seekers, which is exactly what our nation needs the most at this critical time.” [Hasner Campaign Facebook Page, 8/1/11] Hasner Said The Supercommittee Failed Because “There Has Been Entirely Too Much Deal Making.” According to Central Florida Political Pulse blog at the Orlando Sentinel, “Instead of viewing its demise, as many have, as a symptom of what happens when members of Congress refuse to compromise on party values — specifically Republicans’ and Democrats’ diametric differences on the two biggest factors, taxes and entitlements — Hasner declared ‘there has been entirely too much deal making.’ ‘The supercommittee was born out of failure: a failure to lead, a failure to act, and a fundamental failure by politicians more interested in protecting their D.C. niche than in doing what is right,’ he said in a news release issued this afternoon. ‘The supercommittee has come to represent everything that is broken with Washington. I wouldn’t be shocked to see the term become shorthand for the kind of D.C.-centric thinking that has brought us to this point,’ Hasner stated, calling the supercommittee ‘a microcosm of Washington.’” [Central Florida Political Pulse, Orlando Sentinel, 11/21/11]
Dr. David McKalip Hosted A Fundraiser For Hasner. According to Politico, “Dr. David McKalip was forced to resign his position as president of the county medical association in 2009 after circulating an emailed image showing Obama as a witch doctor in a loin cloth and headdress with bones in his nose. A fundraising invitation sent to POLITICO shows that McKalip is hosting a $500-a-person fundraiser for Hasner Tuesday night at Bascom's Chop House in Clearwater.” [Politico, 10/10/11] 2009: McKalip Was Forced To Resign As President Of The County Medical Association After Circulating An Emailed Image Showing Obama As A Witch Doctor. According to Politico, “Dr. David McKalip was forced to resign his position as president of the county medical association in 2009 after circulating an emailed image showing Obama as a witch doctor in a loin cloth and headdress with bones in his nose. A fundraising invitation sent to POLITICO shows that McKalip is hosting a $500-a-person fundraiser for Hasner Tuesday night at Bascom's Chop House in Clearwater.” [Politico, 10/10/11] Hasner Ally Said That Occupy Orlando Was Tied To Muslim Brotherhood. According to the Florida Independent, “In a recent post on the website for The United West, an anti-”Sharia Islam” organization, the group’s director, Tom Trento claims that his team found what they consider evidence that the Occupy Wall Street-inspired group in Orlando is part of a “move by a Muslim activist to take over control of ‘Occupy Orlando,’ in the ‘spirit of the Arab Spring.’” Trento wrote, “I was informed that a Muslim activist lawyer with whom we had confrontations in the past, was at this demonstration… Shaya Elahi is the leader (of the leaderless) Occupy Orlando! It turns out that he is the “official” legal counsel for this movement and indeed one of the key people, if not the main person calling the shots! Once we watched Shayan Elahi in action, running around, signing up speakers, providing direction, telling people what to do, we started to connect the dots to the stated Face Book Mission Statement of “Occupy Orlando,” which reads, “…we plan to use the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic of mass occupation to restore democracy in America.” Elahi worked with Council on American-Islamic Relations previously and through this Trento sought to connect Elahi and thus Occupy Orlando to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. The Florida Independent added, “GOP Senate hopeful Adam Hasner has called Trento a “good friend” and … [he] and Trento founded the Florida Security Council together in 2008; that group eventually expanded to become The United West.” [Florida Independent, 10/17/11]
Hasner: “This Is A Battle For The Heart And Soul Of Our Country.” According to a YouTube video, Hasner said, “The stealth jihad is just as dangerous as the violent jihad. How many other candidates running for public office, the United States Senate, are going to come in here and tell it like it is. This is the time. This is the time when we need to stand up and fight. This is a battle for the heart and soul of our country.” [YouTube, 6/13/11]
Pamela Geller Called Hasner “My Friend.” According to a blog post on Atlas Shrugs, Geller wrote, “For example, my friend Rep. Adam Hasner, the majority leader of the Florida House of Representatives was at-tacked in a press release issued by the national office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Monday for daring to appear at a private event with me this
past weekend. Because of that appearance, CAIR is demanding that Rep. Hasner step down or be removed from his position.” [Atlas Shrugs, 4/30/09] Hasner Said He And Geller Were “On The Front Lines” Together. According to the Florida Independent, “Bary, a minor, separated herself from her Muslim parents in Ohio when she converted to Christianity. According to Bary’s attorneys, she moved to Florida in an effort to practice Christianity away from her disapproving parents. Another website created about the case claims that Bary left “after her father threatened to kill her for apostasy, a crime under Islamic Sharia law.’ Hasner has mentioned Bary’s case on the campaign trail. ‘Pamela [Geller] and I were on the front lines of that together, fighting to make sure that we kept her safe here in this state and not send her back to Ohio,’ Hasner said in his Fort Lauderdale speech. ‘I was on the phone with the department of children affairs every single day fighting to make sure she stayed here, to make sure she stayed alive, because no one believed us that if she went back to Ohio she would die.’” [Florida Independent, 9/16/11] Hasner Appeared On A Panel With Geller At An Anti-Islam Conference In Washington, DC. According to a Council on Arab-Islamic Relations press release obtained via PR Newswire, “‘Are you a believer?’ asked the participant in a Capitol Hill gathering of Islamophobes and Muslim-bashers who -- according to conference materials -- were seeking to promote ‘freedom of speech and religion.’ When CAIR's intern answered, ‘Yes, of course,’ the conference participant -- whose card indicated he works for ‘Encountering Islam Christian Ministry’ and obviously thinking ‘believer’ meant something other than Muslim -- replied, ‘Good, because we want to cut their [Muslims'] necks off.’… Other panelists included anti-Islam hate blogger Pam Geller, who has appeared at Muslimbashing events with Gaffney and with another conference speaker, Florida House of Representatives Majority Leader Adam Hasner. Hasner recently hosted an appearance by extremist anti-Islam Dutch politician Geert ‘ban the Quran’ Wilders in Florida, which was co-hosted by the hate blogger and promoted by another conference panelist, Tom Trento of the Florida Security Council.” [PR Newswire, 10/28/09]
Pamela Geller’s History Of Intolerance
Geller Was The Leader Of Stop Islamization Of America, Which The Anti-Defamation League Said “Promotes A Conspiratorial Anti-Muslim Agenda.” According to the AntiDefamation League, “Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), created in 2009, promotes a conspiratorial anti-Muslim agenda under the guise of fighting radical Islam. The group seeks to rouse public fears by consistently vilifying the Islamic faith and asserting the existence of an Islamic conspiracy to destroy ‘American’ values. The organization warns of the encroachment of shari'a, or Islamic law, and encourages Muslims to leave what it describes as the ‘falsity of Islam.’ Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, who took over the group's leadership in April 2010, view SIOA as protecting against a powerful and dangerous "Islamic machine" that stands to threaten the security and cultural fabric of the U.S.” [Anti-Defamation League, 8/26/10] Geller’s Blog Was Named A Hate Site By PayPal. According to the New York Times, “It is in this genteel setting that Ms. Geller, 52 and a single mother of four, wakes each morning shortly after 7, switches on her laptop and wages a form of holy war through Atlas Shrugs, a Web site that attacks Islam with a rhetoric venomous enough that PayPal at one point branded it a hate site.” [New York Times, 10/8/10] Geller Posted A Doctored Picture Of Elena Kagan In A Nazi Helmet, Said The State Department Was Run By “Islamic Supremacists” And Called Health Care Reform An Act Of National Rape. According to the New York Times, “Working here — often in fuzzy slippers —
she has called for the removal of the Dome of the Rock from atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem; posted doctored pictures of Elena Kagan, the Supreme Court justice, in a Nazi helmet; suggested the State Department was run by ‘Islamic supremacists’; and referred to health care reform as an act of national rape.” [New York Times, 10/8/10] Geller Defended Slobodan Milosevic And Denied The Existence Of Serbian Concentration Camps. According to The Guardian, “In Atlas Shrugs, Geller lays bare her sympathies with extremist groups across the globe. She has vigorously defended Slobodan Milosevic, the former Serbian president who died while on trial at The Hague for war crimes, and denied the existence of Serbian concentration camps in the 1990s.” [The Guardian, 8/20/10] Geller Called Obama’s Birth Certificate “An Obvious Forgery.” According to the blog Atlas Shrugs, Geller wrote, “Today, Obama released another copy of his COLB (certification of live birth) -- more here. It looks like another exhaustive digital forensic examination is in order. And so the question is, why release such an obvious forgery?” [Atlas Shrugs, 4/27/11] Geller Called Obama “A Pimp” And Sandra Fluke “A Prostitute” Several Days After Rush Limbaugh Apologized For Similar Remarks. According the blog Atlas Shrugs, Geller wrote, “A 30-year-old poses as a 23-year-old, chooses a Catholic University to attend at $65,000 per year, and cannot afford ALL the birth control pills she needs... so she wants the US taxpayers to pay for her rampant sexual activity. By all accounts she is banging it five times a day. She sounds more like a prostitute to me. She must have a gyno bill to choke a horse (pun intended). Calling this whore a slut was a softball. Obama calls her and tells Sandra Slut Fluke that her parents should be so proud of her. He's a pimp.” [Atlas Shrugs, 3/5/12]
Hasner Said He Invited Wilders To Speak At A Florida Synagogue. According to a YouTube video, Hasner said, “When I invited Geert Wilders to join me for a Free Speech conference in Palm Beach County, not only did the hotel cancel its plans to have him come in, but I was the one who was asked by the Hamas front group, the Council on Arab-Islamic Relations, to resign from the Florida House of Representatives, because I was an Islamophobe and a hater.” [YouTube, 6/13/11] Hasner Refused To Disassociate Himself From Wilders’ Appearance. According to the St. Petersburg Times, “The Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling on House Majority Leader Adam Hasner to disassociate him-self from a ‘free speech summit’ he's helping host that features, among others, a controversial Dutch politician, Geert Wilders, often criticized for extremism and being anti-Islam. Wilders has likened the Koran to Mein Kampf. If Rep. Hasner truly wishes to represent Florida s diverse religious and ethnic population, he should immediately disassociate himself and the state Legislature from this motley collection of Islamophobes and Muslim-bashers, CAIR-South Florida Executive Director Altaf Ali said of Wilders and others involved in the event. Hasner brushed off the CAIR criticism: ‘These are the same people who have been attacking me all session. This isn't about being anti-Islam, this is all about the right to free speech and they are trying to stifle it.’” [St. Petersburg Times, 4/13/09] Wilders Praised Hasner In The Palm Beach Speech. According to a YouTube video of Wilder’s speech, Wilder said, “We need strong leaders like we have here today, Allen West and Adam Hasner. We need strong men like that.” [YouTube, 4/26/09]
Wilders’ History Of Intolerance
Anti-Defamation League Attacked Wilder For Remarks He Made At Palm Beach Synagogue. According to the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, “The ADL quickly responded by issuing its own statement blasting Wilders remarks. ‘The ADL strongly condemns Geert Wilders' message of hate against Islam as inflammatory, divisive and antithetical to American democratic ideals,’ Andrew Rosenkranz, ADL Florida regional director said. ‘This rhetoric is dangerous and incendiary, and wrongly focuses on Islam as a religion, as opposed to the very real threat of extremist, radical Islamists.’” [Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, 5/6/09] At Palm Beach Speech, Wilders Said Islam Was Not A Religion, Does Not Deserve Religious Freedom. According to the Florida Times-Union, “At that Delray Beach event, Wilders said Islam was not a religion and deserved no religious freedom. His speech was later blasted as antiIslam by both the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the pro-Israel Anti-Defamation League, which opposes Ahmed's nomination.” [Florida Times-Union, 4/23/10] Wilders Said He Hated Islam: “Islam Is Not A Religion, It’s An Ideology…Of A Retarded Culture.” According to The Guardian, “A TV addict with bleached hair who adores Maggie Thatcher and prefers kebabs to hamburgers, Geert Wilders has got nothing against Muslims. He just hates Islam. Or so he says. ‘Islam is not a religion, it's an ideology,’ says Wilders, a lanky Roman Catholic right-winger, ‘the ideology of a retarded culture.’” [The Guardian, 2/16/08] Wilders Wanted To Outlaw The “Fascist Koran,” Deport Dutch Muslims And End Immigration From Muslim Countries. According to The Guardian, “The Dutch politician, who sees himself as heir to a recent string of assassinated or hounded mavericks who have turned Holland upside down, has been doing a crash course in Koranic study. Likening the Islamic sacred text to Hitler's Mein Kampf, he wants the ‘fascist Koran’ outlawed in Holland, the constitution rewritten to make that possible, all immigration from Muslim countries halted, Muslim immigrants paid to leave and all Muslim ‘criminals’ stripped of Dutch citizenship and deported ‘back where they came from.’” [The Guardian, 2/16/08] Wilders Called The Prophet Muhammad A “Barbarian, Mass Murderer And Pedophile” And Called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan A “Total Freak.” According to Dutch News, “According to the Volkskrant, Verhagen was referring to Wilders' recent news conference in London, during which he described the prophet Mohammed as a ‘barbarian, mass murderer and paedophile’ and said Turkey's prime minister Erdogan is a ‘total freak.’ The comments shocked international news agency reporters, the Parool reported at the time.” [Dutch News, 3/11/10]
OPENING PRAYER INCIDENT
2009: Hasner Walked Off The House Floor Before An Imam Gave The Opening Prayer; Hasner Claimed He Was Absent For Personal Reasons. According to the Palm Beach Post, “As usual, the Florida House opened session today with a prayer. But for the first time this year (and possibly the first time ever), that prayer was led by an imam, Qasim Ahmed, from the Islamic Learning Institute in Tampa. The prayer was videotaped by Ahmed Bedier, United Voices of America director, who remarked on the absence of House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, R-Boca Raton. Bedier said he was videotaping the “historic” moment. ‘We did notice Hasner’s empty chair. That’s definitely noticed,’ Bedier said… Hasner said he wasn’t on the floor this morning for personal reasons and noted the iman was in the House at the invitation of Rep. Jim Waldman, D-Coconut Creek. ‘It’s Jim Waldman’s right as a member to invite whomever he wants,’ Hasner said.” [Palm Beach Post, 4/27/09]
2011: Hasner Claimed He Boycotted The Imam’s Appearance. According to a YouTube video, Hasner said, “When the imam who was invited by a state representative who was a democrat from here in Broward County, when he was invited to give the morning prayer at the Florida House of Representatives, and I boycotted the prayer, I was the one who was ridiculed.” [YouTube, 6/13/11]
THE UNITED WEST
Hasner Helped Found The United West. According to Mother Jones, “That comes just a few weeks after Nezar Hamze, president of CAIR's South Florida outfit, was blocked in his bid to join the Broward County Republican Executive Committee over concerns about his loyalties. As Justin Elliott reported, the opposition to Hamze was led by Richard Swier, vice president of United West—the organization Hasner helped found to combat radical Islam in South Florida.” [Mother Jones, 11/3/11] The United West Said It Is Dedicated To Defending The West Against “The Kinetic And Cultural Onslaught Of Shariah Islam.” According to The United West’s mission statement, “The United West is dedicated to defending and advancing Western Civilization against the kinetic and cultural onslaught of Shariah Islam, so that America remains a land of freedom, justice and opportunity grounded in the principles of our Constitutional Republic.The United West has taken up this challenge because the ever increasing forces of darkness, whether political, social, or philosophical seek to destroy, subvert or subjugate all that Americans hold to be right and true.” [The United West, Accessed 3/5/12] The United West Claimed That The Muslim Brotherhood Had Successfully Infiltrated All Levels Of American Government, Law Enforcement, Academia And Political Parties. According to The United West’s “Security Briefing Overview,” “The United States of America has been successfully infiltrated at all levels of Government (Federal, State and Local) all levels of law enforcement (Federal, State and Local), all political parties (Federal, State, and Local), and in all academic institutions. This infiltration is being performed by the Muslim Brotherhood with its primary stated purpose of imposing Shariah Law and installing a worldwide Islamic Caliphate. This is not by accident. This is by design; a design that has been recorded on FBI wiretaps, captured in classified Muslim Brotherhood seized documents, written by, testified to, and spoken by Muslim Brotherhood leaders – and all proven in federal courts and validated by federal appellate courts as accurate and occurring today on a massive scale.” [The United West, Accessed 3/5/12]
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