If you're Joe Kaufman, you have to realize the Daily Show isn't trying to schedule an interview with you to promote your congressional candidacy.
Instead, not surprisingly, his interview focused on the comedy -- like what Kaufman thought the definition of "against" was, given the title of his anti-Islam organization, Americans Against Hate.
Kaufman's struggle to find a definition pretty much explained that one for the audience.
Now, Kaufman's posted an "open letter" on his website, explaining why he opened himself up to the Daily Show.
Kaufman says it was an opportunity to speak out against "the hate and terror of CAIR and the like," part of what he calls a decade of work he's been doing to "help protect the nation."
Here's the letter:
With the intention of exposing and helping to bring national attention to the infiltration of Islamist groups such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim Brotherhood, I agreed to do an interview with Comedy Central's Daily Show, which was to take place on October 25th. The piece aired January 5th.
For over two hours, I was asked questions about my run for Congress against Debbie Wasserman Schultz and my thoughts regarding the Broward Republican Party's refusal to grant membership to local CAIR leader Nezar Hamze.
I had been outspoken against Hamze gaining a position in the party, due to the extremist nature of the organization he represents and due to his own radical past. I had distributed information to party members detailing these facts (See attachment of flyer).
According to Hamze, he had been "encouraged" to join the Republican Party by Javier Manjarres, a campaign staffer for one of my opponents in the upcoming Republican Primary, Karen Harrington. It is the opinion of many that Manjarres, who has a criminal background, attempted to destroy the local GOP by bringing Hamze in. It backfired, as Hamze was voted down 158 to 11.
Upset, Manjarres -- defending Hamze -- complained to the Miami Herald that the vote was a "set up." He said the Republican Party was practicing "bigotry."
Prior to the vote, I had the chance to formally ask Hamze, in front of the party, if he would support either Allen West or myself for Congress and if he was a supporter of terrorism. He declined to answer the questions. Indeed, Hamze has in the recent past been fervently outspoken against Congressman West and other prominent Republicans, including Adam Hasner.
Following the vote, I praised local party leaders and members for how they conducted themselves during the voting process. I stated that groups connected to terrorism should have no role in the Republican Party and should not exist within the United States.
Although the Daily Show segment skewed the serious nature of the subject of CAIR and radical Islamic outfits and edited out so much of what I had to say, we can now hope this small shred of national exposure can begin the serious dialogue on the truth regarding these groups.
Make note, the only reason why I did this show was to have another opportunity to speak out against the hate and terror of CAIR and the like. For the past ten years, I have devoted my life to exposing these groups, and I am extremely proud of the work I have done to help protect the nation I grew up in and love.
I have never been afraid of the terror-related groups I write and speak about, even after receiving numerous threats. I most certainly will never be afraid of doing a comedy show.
In typical Kaufman fashion, his letter's not exactly what the rest of us would like to refer to as "factually correct," but it's what he has to say nonetheless.
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