The anti-Muslim hate group “Act for America” is holding it’s annual “National Security Dinner Gala” on Nov. 7, at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach.
ACT for America events are regularly attended by heavily armed contingents from Three Percenters, Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers, and assorted Nazis, all known to be anti-semitic and anti-Muslim, and anti-LGBT.
Act for America has in past years held this event in DC but is changing venues after being told not to return by the Hotels in the area.
The group’s founder Brigitte Gabriel is apparently trying to be more expansive in their hatefulness to include more of Trump’s agenda in hopes of increasing their base and revenue. This year’s ticket price beginning at $1,500 represents about a 400 percent increase over previous years, which ranged from $250 to $350.
In return, the group has promised many more influential speakers. This year, leaders of the Freedom Caucus, an organization of congressional Republicans, will be honored at the Mar-a-Lago event. Right-wing author and firebrand Michelle Malkin will be the keynote speaker.
SPLC reports that a December 2016 email to supporters, the group bragged about having a “direct line” to Trump via allies such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who spoke at ACT’s conference in 2016 as a U.S. congressman from Kansas, and former national security adviser Mike Flynn. Flynn previously was on ACT’s board of advisers.
ACT founder and Chairman Brigitte Gabriel’s quest for mainstream acceptance by supporting broader Trump administration policies has caused a rift between the national organization and some of its chapters. Anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim members of at least four ACT chapters have defected in the last three years after citing disapproval of national leadership as well as the organization’s direction.
Act for America is expanding their message and spending much of their time producing disgusting memes and sharing those on social media.
Much of ACT for America’s messaging centers on the World Trade Center destruction. Act For America hopes to incite hatred and violence against all Muslims while invoking a sense of patriotism in Christian and Jewish Americans.
THIS AUTHOR served seven years in the Army and three in the National Guard. While in the Guard as a Staff Sergeant I presented numerous American flags to the next of kin while participating in hundreds of military funerals.
While this was one of the most emotionally stressful of all of my duties it never once occurred to me to consider the ethnicity, sexual affinity, gender identity or religion of either the solider or of the bereaved. The unabashed pride and pain I saw in each of those people I presented to told me all that I needed to know.
They are Americans and their loved ones served honorably.
Trump still owns and profits from Mar-a-Lago but has said he is not involved in the day-to-day operations. An employee of Mar-a-Lago directed SPLC Hatewatch to the Trump Organization for a comment about the gala. A representative for the Trump Organization did not respond to a voicemail left by Hatewatch.
It is now all too clear with the rejection by even morally recalcitrant corporations that Trump is now the last resort for hate. This is unacceptable. We are all Americans, something the draft-dodging self-entitled bully Trump never learned.