President Trump’s pick for Treasury Department spokeswoman repeatedly spread conspiracy theories on a personal blog suggesting former President Obama was secretly a Muslim and wanted to convert the U.S. to Sharia law, CNN’s KFile reported Thursday.
Monica Crowley, who was appointed by Trump last week as assistant Treasury secretary for public affairs, made multiple comments spreading these false claims on her blog and in at least one tweet between 2009 and 2015, according to a review by CNN’s KFile team.
She also reportedly claimed that conspiracies about his birth certificate were “legitimate concerns.”
“If the birth certificate were never a big deal, why did No Drama Obama wait nearly 3 years before releasing it? Why endure and stoke all of the drama? To make those raising legitimate concerns about his origins and policies look like kooks? Maybe,” Crowley wrote in an April 2011 post.
“For over 2 1/2 years, questions have been raised about Obama’s origins and background,” she said.
Trump was one the most prominent proponents of the racist birther movement.
In a 2013 blog post, Crowley suggested that the Muslim Brotherhood was dictating American foreign policy.
“The Muslim Brotherhood is a sworn enemy of the United States. In Obama, they have found an ally. What does that say about Obama? I’m sure you can figure that one out,” she wrote.
“What it says about America’s national security is that it looks increasingly like it’s being dictated BY that sworn enemy,” she continued.
Media Matters for America reported that she has called the press, which her job will include working with, “dishonest, hostile, biased, rude fake news.”