Tuesday, June 6, 2017

David Horowitz Conservative Mentor for Trump Advisers

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David Horowitz
Who is behind the Trump administration's major policy initiatives?

According to The Washington Post, it's conservative thinker David Horowitz and his David Horowitz Freedom Center.

The Post over the weekend identified Horowitz and his nonprofit as having fueled a conservative ideology that has given rise to President Donald Trump and several members of his administration.

Horowitz also is author of the top-selling book on the new Trump administration, "Big Agenda: President Trump's Plan to Save America." The book has been on The New York Times best-seller list for 11 weeks and a No. 1 Amazon best-seller.

"Conservatives are nervous around me, and they're nervous because I'm very outspoken," Horowitz, 78, told the Post. "Steve Bannon was not nervous because he's like me."

Horowitz met Bannon, Trump's chief strategist, in the 1990s, according to the report.

He is one of several key Trump administration players who have been inspired or mentored by Horowitz since he established the Freedom Center in 1988, the Post reports.

Others include Attorney General Jeff Sessions, senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, and senior counselor Kellyanne Conway.

Horowitz was described by the Post as "a former '60s radical who became an intellectual godfather to the far right through his writings" and the Freedom Center

Despite the runaway success of his book, most of the establishment media have banned him from talking about the book on their prime-time shows.

Horowitz has "helped cultivate a generation of political warriors seeking to upend the Washington establishment."

In addition, the newspaper said it conducted interviews with Horowitz for its report.

Horowitz acknowledged "the Freedom Center's partisan mission" – saying that its aim was to "protect 'traditional American values' against adversaries on the left, who operate their own network of charities," the Post reports.

"This is a shadow political universe," he said.

Horowitz told the newspaper, however, that the Freedom Center and similar charities "across the political spectrum ought to be reined in to ensure they fulfill the original spirit of the Internal Revenue Service's charitable rules, even though such overhauls would be 'personally devastating for me.'"




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