Republicans elected another Speaker earlier this week and, quite frankly, they appear to have hit a home run. Not that Democrats and their far-left allies think so.
By Peter LaBarbera/WND News Service. Used with permission.
OPINION: This article may contain commentary which reflects the author’s opinion.
Democrats, leftists and media opposed to new House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., are using the notorious, far-left group Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and its discredited “hate” designation to tar Johnson as being affiliated with a supposed “hate group,” which is actually a leading Christian conservative legal defense organization.
Johnson worked as an attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom, formerly the Alliance Defense Fund, which the SPLC has smeared as a “hate group” – mainly due to ADF’s longstanding opposition to homosexuality and the transgender agenda.
As Daily Signal reported Thursday, “Leftist groups and one of Johnson’s Democratic colleagues in the House noted his history as a lawyer with Alliance Defense Fund, now known as Alliance Defending Freedom. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which gained its reputation by suing Ku Klux Klan groups into bankruptcy, has branded ADF a ‘hate group,’ placing it on a ‘hate map’ alongside Klan chapters.”
Democrat Representative Judy Chu, representing California’s 28th Congressional District, blasted Johnson on X Wednesday as he was on his way to being elected Speaker of the House. Her Oct. 25 X post stated: “MAGA Extremist Mike Johnson is not fit to lead the House of Representatives. He: – led efforts to overturn 2020 election, helping fuel the January 6 insurrection; – wants to criminalize abortions nationwide; – worked previously for an @splcenter[SPLC]-identified hate group.”
Chu’s post was accompanied by a video of Johnson assailing Roe vs. Wade for leading to the loss of millions of future workers through abortion-on-demand.
MAGA Extremist Mike Johnson is not fit to lead the House of Representatives. He:
– led efforts to overturn 2020 election, helping fuel the January 6 insurrection
– wants to criminalize abortions nationwide
– worked previously for an @splcenter-identified hate group https://t.co/KkUz2CNHrd
— Judy Chu (@RepJudyChu) October 25, 2023
The left-biased Guardian repeated the SPLC “hate” smear in its reporting on Johnson:
What do you need to know about Speaker Mike Johnson?
He wrote an amicus brief to throw out 2020 election results, voted to overturn the results of the election, and worked for Alliance Defending Freedom – designated a hate group by the SPLC. https://t.co/suTHQT5AzD
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) October 25, 2023
SPLC’s tactic of “designating” various conservative organizations as “hate groups” to advance the Left’s political and cultural narratives has come under withering criticism in recent years as many millions of Americans who follow conservative media and social media were educated on the group’s radicalism and highly political nature.
(Editor’s note: Years ago, this reporter’s organization, Americans For Truth, which opposes the LGBT agenda, was one of the first pro-family, socially conservative groups to be mislabeled a “hate” group by the SPLC. The leftist group’s “reporting” was so slipshod that in 2010 the author of one SPLC report mistook this writer for Paul Cameron, another socially conservative researcher whose first name also begins with “P.”)
If anything, despite the massive blowback in recent years against SPLC’s spurious “hate” designations, the Alabama-based “anti-hate” organization has only expanded its web of conservative organizations maligned as “hate groups.” For example, in the MSNBC interview below, SPLC CEO Margaret Huang discusses how the SPLC added “Mom For Liberty,” a national grassroots organization of moms (and dads) opposing leftist “critical race theory” and pro-LGBT and pro-transgender propaganda targeting young children in schools as a “hate” group:
Great to join @DeadlineWH today for a discussion of @splcenter's new Year in Hate and Extremism report. We are lifting up how hate has moved into the local arena, targeting schools and students, doctors' offices, libraries and other public spaces. https://t.co/Zgy78etF3x
— Margaret Huang (@MargaretLHuang) June 6, 2023
Moms For Liberty co-founder Bridget Ziegler dismissed the SPLC labeling it and 11 other groups “anti-government extremist groups”: “Outside of it being a leftist attack, political hit job, there’s no credibility behind it. It’s truly laughable,” Florida-based Ziegler told USA Today in June. Ziegler is the chair of the Sarasota School Board.
USA Today reported: “In 2018 the SPLC paid $3.38 million and issued public apologies to Maajid Nawazan, an Islamic activist and the founder of the Quilliam Foundation, to avoid a defamation lawsuit after the SPLC labeled him and others as ‘anti-Muslim extremists.’”
Predictably, the dominant corporate media used loaded terms like “ultra conservative” to describe Johnson, the media watchdog group Media Research Center reports. In contrast, words like “ultra-liberal” are rarely used by “mainstream” journalists:
ABC, CBS, and NBC blasted new Speaker @RepMikeJohnson as a “hardline,” “hard-right,” “ultra-conservative” who’s “staunchly anti-abortion.” https://t.co/lJpbIXyjpv
— Media Research Center (@theMRC) October 26, 2023
Left-watcher Andy Ngo sent out an X post Monday revealing the radicalism of the SPLC’s union, which in its own series of X posts Oct. 18 echoed radical Palestinian propaganda despite Hamas terrorists’ wanton slaughter of Israeli citizens:
The union for far-left "hate watch" group SPLC has released a statement condemning Israel and demanding it surrender to the terrorist groups that operate in the Palestinian territories. The SPLC under its current leadership has forged close ties with Antifa & the extreme… pic.twitter.com/kF7DS2EKV6
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) October 24, 2023