Nativism Watch

There Goes the Neighborhood: July 22, 2016

Imagine2050 Staff • Jul 22, 2016

There Goes the Neighborhood is a weekly series from Imagine 2050 staff highlighting upcoming nativist events.

This week, a Republican National Convention-featured speaker with ties to a leading anti-Muslim group heads to Virginia.

On Wednesday, July 27, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (Ret.) will speak in Herndon, Virginia. Flynn sits on the board of anti-Muslim grassroots group ACT for America and is being hosted by the group’s Northern Virginia chapter. As Imagine 2050 noted last week, Flynn was in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention—speaking at both a local ACT event and on the main stage during the convention’s first night. Flynn is currently traveling the country promoting a new book.

Flynn is Vice President of the board of directors of Drone Aviation Holding Corp., a Florida-based company listed as a sponsor of the Virginia event. Drone Aviation’s website lists the “Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” as one of its customers, leading one to believe that Flynn’s role with the company may be an act of willful blindness on his part.

The Saudi government is a frequent target of ACT’s derision. For example, just this week ACT founder and president Brigitte Gabriel criticized the country’s government for financially supporting extremist elements:

We don’t expect Flynn, or any other ACT representatives, to address this apparent hypocrisy at the Virginia event-or any other time soon.

Additional information on this event and others can be found in the map below. The event scheduled for next week is marked with a red star.

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