One of the most persistent narratives the far right likes to push is the notion that they are outsiders, revolutionaries out to destroy the hidebound orthodoxy of The Elites (while pretending, of course, they are not at all “elite” themselves). And it’s their favorite way to attack the enemy within conservatism, those famous RINOs and “Washington insiders.” This is the tactic that Gary DeMar, a genuine Christian reconstructionist, takes in attacking Grover Norquist for his criticism of Ted Cruz.
Grover Norquist has been out front in his attacks against Ted Cruz. Norquist is the founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, an organization that opposes all tax increases. Norquist is an Establishment Republican insider while flirting with leftist causes like statehood for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, is on the advisory board of GOProud, a political organization representing Republican homosexuals, transgendered people, and sits on a six-person advisory panel that nominates Time magazine’s Person of the Year.
Hmmmm. What’s missing from that? Guilt by association? Got it. Tie him to The Gay? Check (after all, he thinks that gay people have rights when DeMar believes they should be stoned to death like the Bible says). Accuse him of being part of the liberal media? Done. Oh, I know: Declare him to be a Muslim.
In 2004, Grover Norquist married a Palestinian Muslim named Samah Alrayyes, a Kuwaiti PR specialist who was formerly a director of the Islamic Free Market Institute and specialist at the Bureau of Legislative and Public Affairs at United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
David Horowitz has described Norquist as an “Islamist Fifth Column.” Michelle Malkin has also written about Norquist’s Muslim ties.
Egads! He married a Muslim? Must be a terrorist then. What’s actually missing from this is any substantive engagement of the criticism that Norquist made of Cruz, but that’s to be expected. If you’re going to make arguments like this, it’s only because you don’t have anything else to say to make your case.