Joe Kaufman is a Republican politician and a right-wing journalist. He works as a columnist with the ultra-right wing FrontPage Magazine and is the chairman of “Americans Against Hate,” now defunct, which spreads Islamophobic news and conspiracy theories. “Americans Against Hate” is affiliated with “CAIRwatch,” also defunct, which was founded by Kaufman himself and spreads conspiracies about CAIR and its employees. Kaufman has run for US Congress for Florida’s 23rd district three times against Debbie Wasserman Schultz, on a largely anti-Islam platform, although he has lost each time. Kaufman has ties with many known Islamophobes such as David Horowitz, and was endorsed by Robert Spencer, the director of Jihad Watch, during his 2018 campaign for US Congress. In 2009, a suit was filed against him for protesting a “Muslim Family Day” event at Six Flags in Texas, however the case was dismissed.
Although Kaufman’s sites “Americans Against Hate” and “CAIRwatch” are no longer updated, Kaufman continues to spread misinformation and Anti-Islam rhetoric through articles on sites such as “FrontPage Magazine” and “Islamist Watch,” in addition to his Twitteraccount, on which he is fairly active. In his tweets he continues to single out CAIR, accusing the organization of ties with terrorist groups.
Kaufman called for the bombing of various majority Muslim countries with nuclear weapons (Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq) in order to eradicate religious extremists.
“If the decimation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was the right thing to do, in response to Pearl Harbor, then why the heck are we saving our nuclear weapons now? And furthermore, if we're not using them, why do we have the nukes in the first place? After all, there is no more Soviet Union to compete with. If the attacks are not a good enough reason to use them, then what are we holding on to them for?!!! Now, at this point, you may think of me as being no less than a madman, but hear me out, for I have a method to my madness.”
Kaufman repeatedly states that CAIR has connections with terrorist organizations.
“Shaikh and many of his fellow colleagues at CAIR have skirted the edges of support for terrorists and terrorist groups by propagating anti-Western rhetoric and by showcasing that which is derived from those engaged in terrorism. This veiled defense of fanaticism allows CAIR to continue to exist in the United States as a legal entity, while at the same time allowing CAIR to prolong its radical activities.”
“Terrorism creates fear in itself. That’s its purpose. But the fact that a group associated with such acts of horror could raise so much money inside the United States should put the fear in all of us.”
“This is a frightening indication that many Muslims in America appear to support and approve of CAIR’s agenda. Certainly given the amount of information available about the speakers at the event, one would be hard pressed to believe that the attendees weren’t at least somewhat aware of CAIR’s terror-related background. While CAIR has attempted to present itself as a Muslim civil rights organization, the individuals involved with CAIR reveal that the group is cynically exploiting this designation. The title of CAIR’s weekend event was ‘Rooted in Faith,’ but one has to question what type of faith would have radical luminaries who are associated with terrorism representing it.”
“These speakers are prime examples of how CAIR has never left its roots in anti-Israel vitriol, support for Palestinian terror, and other extremist sympathies. Their leadership can declare that its Georgia event and other events like it "defend freedom," but this is merely a façade created to hide CAIR's bigoted and fear-driven ideology. It is time to set the record straight.”