Watching the brouhaha over Hillary Clinton’s emails has been interesting. It’s nowhere near as serious as the right has pretended but more serious than the left has pretended (they must, after all, defend their tribe at all costs, rationality be damned). But you knew the far right conspiracy theories were coming, like this one from Frank Gaffney.
One other State Department official evidently violated [the department’s email] policy:Mrs. Clinton‘s deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin.
Her emails are of particular interest insofar as Ms. Abedin has extensive ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. That’s the Islamist organization whose self-declared mission is
The indispensable investigative group Judicial Watch has filed suit in federal court for access to these emails. It remains to be seen if they are provided and, if so, what they reveal about these ladies’ contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood – and their damage-control concerning revelations about Ms. Abedin’s connection to it.
The far right Islamophobes have long claimed that Abedin, a longtime Clinton aide, was a Muslim Brotherhood plant. But as Right Wing Watch points out, she’s hardly alone:
Gaffney believes that Abedin is a secret agent for the Muslim Brotherhood, claiming in 2013 that “Ms. Abedin was brilliantly placed to run Islamist influence operations for sixteen years under the recently departed Sec. of State, Hillary Clinton.” His bizarre conspiracy theory helped inspire an ugly campaign against Abedin and other Muslims working in public service led by then-Rep. Michele Bachmann.
He has made similarly bizarre allegations against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, CIA Director John Brennan, former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, prominent conservative activist Grover Norquist, and of course, President Obama.
They’re modern-day McCarthy wannabes who see Muslims under every bed. Just more paranoid delusion from the far right, something that goes back many decades. If you haven’t read Richard Hofstadter’s The Paranoid Style in American Politics, now 51 years old, you really should. Very little has changed.