Nativism Watch

White nationalist interviews Rep. Babin, ACT! for America’s anti-refugee darling


Imagine2050 Staff • Apr 01, 2016

Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX), a close ally to anti-Muslim groups like ACT! for America and the Center for Security Policy, gave an interview to a known white nationalist during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last month.

Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX)

Babin was interviewed by Robert Vandervoort, an individual with longstanding ties to white nationalist outfits. Vandervoort currently serves as executive director of ProEnglish, an organization that advocates for English as the official language of the United States. ProEnglish was founded by white nationalist and eugenist John Tanton. Before joining ProEnglish, Vandervoort led the Chicagoland Friends of American Renaissance, another white nationalist group.

Vandervoort has a history of concerning rhetoric, including once asking, “If California is the first big multiracial state in the Union—and it’s the pits—and the rest of America is quickly following suit—then how long will America last?”

Vandervoort and ProEnglish’s affiliations with white nationalism are a well-known quantity. Indeed, media outlets have publicized them every year since 2012 when CPAC allowed ProEnglish to host a panel discussion titled, “The Failure of Multiculturalism: How the pursuit of diversity is weakening the American Identity.” Despite these annual reminders, CPAC organizers have continued allowing ProEnglish to exhibit at the annual conference.

ProEnglish recently circulated video footage of the interview with Babin. Babin is the main sponsor of the anti-refugee measure HR 3314, which “prohibits the admission of refugees into the United States.” The Texas congressman is also a co-sponsor of HR 997, the English Language Unity Act, perennial legislation championed by ProEnglish that would designate English as the “official language” of the U.S.

During the interview, both Babin and Vandervoort lamented the supposedly harmful effects multiculturalism is having on Western nations, the alleged Balkanization of the United States, and multilingual voter ballots.

“I think it’s a disaster in the making,” Babin responded when asked by Vandervoort if multiculturalism is indeed ruining the nation. “I don’t think you need to look any further than Western Europe.”

Babin claimed that Europe has “Islamic folks” who have entered the continent as refugees or immigrants and “simply don’t assimilate.” He says this is in turn is leading to the establishment of mythical “No-go zones.”

“We don’t want to see that happen in the United States of America,” he added. “I think it’s a disaster, a prescription for disaster. We need folks that want to be Americans.”

Babin also expressed his support for English-only legislation, telling Vandervoort, “Now we need to make it the official language because we are Balkanizing our entire nation.”

Babin’s proof of this Balkanization is “all the different tongues, we have to go in and read through, follow instructions, listen to them on the telephone, and vote; it’s [on the] ballots.”

Babin is a close ally of anti-Muslim figures like Brigitte Gabriel of ACT! For America and Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy. ACT! has prioritized passing Babin’s anti-refugee bill, and Babin in turn attended the group’s annual conference in Washington DC. Babin also appeared on two recent conference calls for anti-refugee activists organized by ACT!. Gabriel conducted an interview with the congressman during CPAC as well.

The Congressman has also appeared on Gaffney’s radio program which is no stranger to white nationalists, including ProEnglish’s Vandervoort who has appeared on the program at least twice.

This interview is not the first time Babin has associated directly with white nationalists. In October 2015, he attended the Writers Workshop, an annual event organized by the white nationalist publishing house The Social Contract Press.

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