Political Influence Operation
Date: July 15, 2010
On July 15, 2010, CAIR leaders joined the NAACP in criticizing the Tea Party Movement for failing to “repudiate elements within the movement who use racist or bigoted language.” CAIR Director of Communications, Ibrahim Hooper said, “If the Tea Party wishes to be taken seriously by mainstream Americans, it must repudiate all those who express or promote extremist, racist or bigoted views while claiming to be affiliated with the movement.”
Hooper made clear that “Islamophobic” elements should be included in the condemnation. He went on to specifically name a number of these ‘Islamophobic’ perpetrators inncluding former congressman Tom Tancredo and Tennessee congressional candidate Lou Ann Zelenik.