Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton Chaired Anti-Muslim Group Promoted By Russian Trolls: Report
President Donald Trump’s new National Security Advisor John Bolton reportedly chaired an anti-Muslim organization that spread false news reports that were promoted by Russian trolls on the web and Russia state-run news sources.
NBC News notes:
From 2013 until last month, Bolton was chairman of the Gatestone Institute, a New York-based advocacy group that warns of a looming “jihadist takeover” of Europe leading to a “Great White Death.”
The group has published numerous stories and headlines on its website with similar themes. “Germany Confiscating Homes to Use for Migrants,” warned one from May 2017, about a single apartment rental property in Hamburg that had gone into temporary trusteeship.
Another from February 2015 claimed the immigrants, for instance Somalis, in Sweden were turning that country into the “Rape Capital of the West.”
Alina Polyakova, a Brookings Institution fellow, told NBC News that Gatestone is “putting out content that was clearly anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim and was echoing some of the Russian disinformation propaganda” that is being spread by internet trolls and on social media.