Much has been made over the years about some of the shady characters Hillary Clinton associates herself with.
And now, Clinton’s campaign manager and longtime confidante Huma Abedin is getting fresh scrutiny that is raising plenty of eyebrows.
Abedin is Clinton’s right-hand pal, first working as a White House intern in 1996 when Clinton was the First Lady. But Abedin has also spent years listed as an editor for a radical publication that blamed the United States for 9/11, defended domestic violence, and criticized feminist positions, The New York Post reports.
Abedin served as the assistant editor for the controversial Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs from 1996-2008 — a publication some critics label an extremely radical Islamic journal, and where her mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, is still editor-in-chief.
For example, in a 2002 issue — on which Huma is listed as an assistant editor on the masthead — an article blames United States foreign policy for the terror attacks on September 11th 2001.
The article reads: “The spiral of violence having continued unabated worldwide, and widely seen to be allowed to continue, was building up intense anger and hostility within the pressure cooker that was kept on a vigorous flame while the lid was weighted down with various kinds of injustices and sanctions. . . It was a time bomb that had to explode and explode it did on September 11, changing in its wake the life and times of the very community and the people it aimed to serve.”
In other words — thousands of innocent Americans deserved to die because the U.S. caused injustice on the Muslim world.
Disgusting. But that’s just the beginning of Clinton’s top aide’s disturbing publications.
During Abedin’s time as editor, multiple articles were also published that completely counter the feminist positions that have the Clinton campaign polling so high among women voters.
In 1996, her mother authored an article criticizing gender equality, saying that, “Empowerment of women does more harm than benefit” And the article defends domestic abuse, calling it a result of, “the stress and frustrations that men encounter in their daily lives.”
This isn’t just the first allegation of Abedin’s connection to radical Islamic philosophy.
In 2012, then-Rep. Michelle Bachman and four other members of Congress asked security agencies to look into whether the terror organization Muslim Brotherhood was covertly influencing staff members of the U.S. government. Specifically, Bachmann pointed to Abedin as someone that should be investigated for her Muslim extremist ties, and her reasoning was not without evidence.
In addition to Abedin’s mother’s link to the radical Muslim publication, an Egyptian newspaper claimed that she was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s secret women’s division known as the Muslim Sisterhood.
Her father, Prof. Zainul Abedin, founded the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs (IMMA) and was a counselor of the Muslim World League during the 1880’s. According to The Huffington Post, “both organizations were Islamic in nature and shared the philosophy of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
Now that Abedin’s association with radical Islam has been publicized, the Clinton campaign is trying to claim she never had any role in the anti-American, sexist publication.
Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said in a statement Sunday, “My understanding is that her name was simply listed on the masthead at that period. She did not play a role in editing at the publication.”
A classic Clinton move — deny, deny, deny.
But keep in mind, these messages are coming from the same person who said, “I never sent or received any classified material.”
It’s easy to imagine the media storm of sexism allegations that would follow these revelations about a Trump aide.
But when it comes to Clinton’s trust circle, any criticism is conveniently swept under the rug.
— The Horn editorial team