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Meet some of the anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists shaping Trump’s immigration ban

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A viral video warning of a Muslim plot to take over the world has drawn nearly 2.7 million views — and it was produced by a group with close ties to the Trump administration.

The video, posted in April 2015, stars Ann Corcoran, who became radicalized against Muslims after learning more than a decade ago that some African refugees would be resettling near her rural Maryland home, reported Vox.

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“This process of Muslim colonization is called the hijra,” Corcoran says in the video, using the Arabic word for migration. “Mohammed told his followers to migrate and spread Islam, in order to dominate all the lands of the world … and that’s exactly what they’re doing now.”

She started a blog, Refugee Resettlement Watch, which she used to promote viciously anti-Muslim and racist viewpoints until linking up with Frank Gaffney and his Center for Security Policy — which has helped shape President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

Gaffney appeared at least 34 times on the Breitbart radio program hosted by Steve Bannon, who is now Trump’s chief strategist and the reported author of his executive order banning travelers from some majority-Muslim nation.

According to the New York Times, Gaffney’s work has been cited in speeches by Michael Flynn, Trump’s national security advisor.

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Kellyanne Conway, an advisor to Trump, did polling work for the Center for Security Policy, which awarded Sen. Jeff Sessions — the attorney general nominee — its annual “Keeper of the Flame” award last year for his efforts against the “totalitarian threat” posed by radical Islam.

Gaffney was banned from the Conservative Political Action Committee in 2011, after accusing two board members of secretly aiding the Muslim Brotherhood, and took part in shadow events hosted outside the conference by Breitbart News.

But Gaffney, who has been labeled “one of America’s most notorious Islamophobes” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, was invited back to CPAC two years ago — when he hosted panels featuring anti-Muslim activists Walid Phares and Clare Lopez.

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Last year, Gaffney sponsored a CPAC panel featuring English white nationalist Paul Weston and Lars Hedegaard, a Danish anti-Muslim activist.

Trump has cited a shoddy poll conducted by Gaffney’s group to justify his campaign promise to end Muslim immigration.

Gaffney and Corcoran boast close relationships with several key members of Trump’s administration, including Bannon and CIA director Mike Pompeo — who was the featured speaker at CSP’s annual conference in 2015 and has appeared at least two dozen times on Gaffney’s own radio program.

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They’re also close to a number of congressional Republicans — including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and David Vitter (R-LA) and Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Steve King (R-IA), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Mo Brooks (R-AL) and Jim Bridenstein (R-OK).

Gaffney and Corcoran — who are part of a broader “counter-jihad” conspiracy movement — have spent years promoting anti-refugee propaganda that has shaped Republican policy and now an executive order that has sparked nationwide protests.

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‘Morrison in the USA sucking up to Trump’: Aussies furious to see prime minister campaigning for Trump

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President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison appeared at a rally in Ohio Sunday, prompting Aussies to complain that it's unacceptable for their leader to be campaigning for Trump.

Trump invited himself to a Houston, Texas rally with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where he tried to campaign for the U.S. president with Indian-American voters. Sadly, however, nearly 80 percent of Indian-American voters cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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Republicans love the Constitution — until it applies to them: Conservative columnist

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Conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot unleashed on President Donald Trump's latest scandal he's calling Ukraine-gate. But when it comes to Republicans, he called them outright complicit.

In his Sunday column, Boot noted that a mob boss doesn't have to overtly say “pay up, or we will destroy your store” to be guilty of extortion. In Trump's case, he tends to say things in a way that it is understood what he wants people to do, according to former "fixer" Michael Cohen.

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Hate for Trump sets new record of Americans who can’t stand a president

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A new poll shows a record number of Americans can't stand the president of the United States.

According to the most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal public opinion poll, an astounding 69 percent of Americans don't like Trump personally.

During the early 2000s, President George W. Bush enjoyed the benefit of Americans finding him likable and wanting to "have a beer" with the sober leader. That measure of "likability" has been a kind of inspiration for political leaders searching for voters based not on issues but on personality.

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