Fox Panel Unearths ‘Real’ Anthony Weiner Story: A Muslim Brotherhood Conspiracy
BY HAYES BROWN, ThinkProgress
A Fox News panel on Friday managed to expose the real story that the rest of the media has managed to miss in the New York City mayoral race: the deep Muslim Brotherhood ties that Huma Abedin supposedly possesses.
Fox News host Sean Hannity last week held a special “Saving America” edition of his show, in which he gathered a group of Fox contributors into one “audience-participation” panel. In one segment, the group opted to discuss the new scandal surrounding former congressman — and current mayoral candidate — Anthony Weiner and the lewd pictures and messages he’s sent to various women since his resignation in 2011. Brooke Goldstein of the Lawfare Project insisted that the media was overly focused on Weiner’s marital troubles. Rather than listing off some of the things New Yorkers really care about, though, Goldstein instead asked the hard questions about Weiner’s wife, and former top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin:
GOLDSTEIN: OK. What’s amazing to me is that we’re spending time debating Schmeckle-gate, OK? When Huma Abedin, who has connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, who was connected to the chief financier of al-Qaeda, is his wife and has top security clearance.
HANNITY: She has a great point.
GOLDSTEIN: Why are we debating this?
“Actually, what Brooke points to, that’s the real Huma Abedin story,” agreed conservative radio host Monica Crowley. “It’s not about Weiner’s wiener.” The real story, Crowley insisted, is the fact that Huma is so closely linked to Clinton, who Crowley referred to as “soon to be maybe next president of the United States.”
The references to Abedin’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, however, aren’t based on fact. Instead, they only go back as far as 2012, and a conspiracy theory that House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) had a heavy hand in promoting. Bachmann along with several of her House colleagues sent a letter to the Departments of State and Justice, claiming that Abedin and other government personnel were secretly under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood, planted to infiltrate the U.S. government.
In reality, the claim goes back to the conspiracy theories of Islamophobes likeFrank Gaffney, who has never managed to produce evidence of the charges against Abedin. Despite the insistence of many of her fellow Republicans that her attacks on Abedin were “nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack,” Bachmann stuck with the claim.
It would seem that despite that lack of proof, and the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood no longer is even in control of Egypt, the claim has a life of its own among the far-fringes of the right-wing. Numerous bloggers and pundits have called for the release of Abedin’s security clearance forms and just days ago the World Net Daily conspiracy theorist site referred to her as a “Muslim Brotherhood Princess.”
Abedin’s faith and ethnicity have been cited not only as proof of her lack of fidelity towards America recently, but also her reasoning for staying with Weiner despite his lack of fidelity towards her. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd on Sunday published an article saying Abedin’s devotion was due to the fact that “Huma was raised in Saudi Arabia, where women are treated worse by men than anywhere else on the planet.” This simplistic view has already found itself roundly mocked online.