Donald Trump’s campaign released a letter today touting the endorsements of dozens of retired military leaders. High up on that list is retired Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin, who joined the Family Research Council after leaving the Army.
Trump, who has built his campaign around anti-Muslim attacks, finds a natural ally in Boykin, whose anti-Muslim views are so extreme that he was reprimanded by President George W. Bush for declaring—while speaking in uniform—that the U.S. was engaged in a holy war against Islam.
Boykin, the FRC’s executive vice president, has engaged in a wide range of bizarre conspiracy theories and extremist rhetoric. As we noted back when Boykin endorsed Trump’s rival Ted Cruz, Boykin:
- Said that “Islam is not a religion and does not deserve First Amendment protections,” and wants “no mosques in America.”
- Thinks Christians should act more like ISIS and be “willing to die” for their God.
- Blamed Obama and his supporters for the shooting at an Oregon community college, adding that we here at Right Wing Watch use “the exact same tactics” as ISIS and Al Qaeda to encourage attacks on Christians.
- Warned that Obama was using the health care reform law as a cover for establishing a private army of Brownshirts loyal just to him.
- Claimed the bailout of AIG led to the establishment of Sharia law and that George Soros and the Council on Foreign relations conspired to collapse the U.S. economy in order to help Obama get elected.
- Alleged that Obama may be a secret Muslim who “cavort[s] with the enemy” and says “things that are really supportive of what they’re doing.”
- Said that American Jews were misled into supporting Democrats by wrongly thinking Adolf Hitler was a right-wing extremist, and believes that that Jews must be converted to Christianity.
- Said the U.S. government was founded to be run by Christians .
- Warned that Muslim-Americans, including Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin and John Kerry’s son-in-law, are undermining national security.
- Accused the Obama administration of showing “support for the infiltration of the Muslim Brotherhood into our government.”
- Claimed that the police won’t go into Dearborn, Michigan, because if its large Muslim population.
- Suggested that the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell led to the “absolute destruction” of our military.
- Predicted that America might soon face God’s judgment because it is worse than Sodom and Gomorrah.
- Said that “God’s army” must fight the “evil” of gay rights.