Muslim hate group runs ads saying Donald Trump hates Muslims

In the Middle East, terrorist groups have sectarian militias.  In America, they have political action committees.  The Muslim-controlled Emerge PAC is running ads where Donald Trump allegedly says, "I think Islam hates us."

But whom does Emerge PAC hate?

Earlier this month, Emerge held its annual fundraising dinner in Miami, at the DoubleTree Hotel and Airport Convention Center. Featured at the event was Sayed Ammar Nakshawani, an Islamic lecturer from England who is a devotee of Iran’s deceased terrorist leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and who has called for the destruction of Israel.

One of the two co-chairmen of Emerge is South Florida attorney Khurrum Basir Wahid. According to his bio, Wahid specializes in defending “individuals charged with allegedly committing or conspiring to commit acts of terrorism.”

Wahid’s clients include: Rafiq Abdus Sabir, who received a 25 year prison sentence for conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaeda; al-Qaeda member Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, who was given a life sentence for plotting to assassinate President George W. Bush; Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami al-Arian, who is presently under house arrest in Virginia; and Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan, a Miami, Florida imam who was convicted of funneling tens of thousands of dollars to the Taliban for the express purpose of murdering American troops.

In 2011, Wahid himself was placed on a U.S. government terrorist watch list.

The other co-chairman of Emerge is Afaq J. Durrani. Durrani is the General Secretary of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH), a sizable community organization consisting of 19 area mosques. ISGH is a subsidiary of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which like CAIR, was named by the U.S. government a co-conspirator in the financing of Hamas.... in 2012, he served as a National Delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

In contrast [to Trump], Emerge PAC portrays Clinton as a unifying figure, “a woman who has spent decades fighting for inclusion.” The video features clips of the Democratic candidate praising the Quran, and her relationship with Huma Abedin, a Muslim woman who is her campaign’s vice chair and was a top aide while Clinton served as secretary of state.

The Politico article reporting on this ad campaign did not dig into Emerge's past any more than the laudatory press release the Washington Post wrote about Islamic Relief USA explored that group's own terrorist connections.  If they did, they might have noticed the irony in a hate group accusing Donald Trump of hate.

Exit question: Do the media not know about the backgrounds of the organizations they write these glowing press releases about, or do they simply not care?

Ed Straker is the senior writer at