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(Report) John Bolton Chairs Anti-Muslim Hate Website

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The website paints 1.5 billion Muslims as criminals, terrorists and rapists.

Along with appearing on Fox News and his fellowship at the American Enterprise Institute, President Donald Trump's most recent hire for national security adviser, John Bolton, has long chaired a nonprofit that specializes in disseminating anti-Muslim propaganda.

[O]ne role that has received relatively little scrutiny is his work as chair of the Gatestone Institute, a nonprofit that focuses largely on publishing original commentary and news related to the supposed threat that Islam poses to Western society. He has served in that role since 2013. (Bolton did not respond to an email seeking comment.)

Gatestone is in the business of pumping out the very 'fake news' that Trump decries with regularity:

Just this week, the Gatestone Institute published stories claiming that the “mostly Muslim male migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East” in Germany are fueling a “migrant rape crisis” and that “Muslim mass-rape gangs” are transforming the United Kingdom into “an Islamist Colony.”

Though the website traffics in everything from cherry-picked data to complete falsehoods, Gatestone has at times found its way into the mainstream, perhaps most notably with its tales of "no-go zones" across Europe.

The idea infiltrated the 2016 Republican primary, as Bobby Jindal, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump repeated the uninformed “no-go zone” claim (to the later great embarrassment of U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra). While many conservative outlets eventually parroted the myth, Gatestone had pushed the idea since 2012 and has published dozens of pieces on the claim since.

The Intercept reports that tax documentation shows Bolton to have received $310,000 for his part in keeping Gatestone up and running.

Also implicated in the organization is the Mercer family:

Billionaire heiress Rebekah Mercer, a donor to various far-right causes as well as the Trump campaign, was listed as a Gatestone board member in April 2017, according to the foreign policy-focused website LobeLog. After LobeLog inquired about Mercer joining the board, Gatestone scrubbed any information about her from the site. Donor rolls obtained by LobeLog showed that the Mercer Family Foundation gave $150,000 total to Gatestone in 2014 and 2015.

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