In a quiet press conference on Monday, a bid to join the Senate was announced in Arizona. The short ceremony seemed harmless. A young, female lawyer announced her desire to receive the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. Deedra Abboud shared her vision of unity and respect for those living in Arizona.
According to Abboud:
“The journey that I have decided to take on today is not just for the people who look like me or sound like me, but for all Arizonans. Because we cannot continue to go backwards on this path that weakens our children’s education, strips health care from people who need it the most, locking up and breaking up families and, once again, empowering big banks that caused the worst housing crisis in Arizona.
I am with the growing majority of Arizonans who know that anger and resistance can only take us so far. We need to unite to move our families forward. We need to unite to move Arizona forward. We need to unite to move America forward.”
The scene was anything but harmless. Abboud spoke of a desire to represent the state in front of an upside down state flag. This mistake was reported to be just an error, but it may be a bigger sign of one candidate being out of touch with the community. Details like respecting the state flag should be important to someone hoping to represent the people of Arizona.
Abboud also appeared in traditional clothing that did not seem to match her outwardly appearance, this white woman in full makeup was wearing the traditional hijab. She is a newly converted with ties to activism. Her activism was through organizations with suspected ties to terrorism.
Concerns surrounding Abboud’s bid to run for Senate come from several different issues. First, she has asked for the Democratic nomination. Before Monday, Abboud herself was not even registered as a Democrat. She was an independent voter who changed parties shortly before announcing herself as a candidate to represent the party. It appears she switched her party affiliation to get the nomination.
Abboud held herself out as a traditional woman at Monday’s ceremony. Just as she is a recent political party conversion, Abboud has not always been a practicing. She was described as being:
“…a Southern Baptist, a business major at the University of Arkansas, where she warned students that they were going to Hell for treating women poorly. Now, she prays five times a day, but chooses which interpretations of Islam work and don’t work for her, personally.”
Abboud transformed from a devout Christian who enjoyed confronting students about their harsh treatment of women to a dutiful wife of a man from Iraq. For some, it may appear that is it a coincidence that this converted Baptist is now being held out as the face of the new. Others see Abboud as a much bigger threat as her race has everything to do with the underlying agenda.
As Abboud discovered life as a wife and the plight of Muslims in the United States, she was recruited to join the American Society’s (MAS) Freedom Foundation. The National Director of MAS Mahdi Bray supported hiring Abboud and stated:
“I’m a realist. We live in a predominantly white, Christian society. So it’s just as advantageous for her to be a white, former Christian woman in this organization as it is for me to have been Christian half of my life.”
This is not the first time Abboud has used her race to her advantage. When pressed about possible ties to terrorism via the organizations she works with, she would sheepishly ask:
“…how can a Southern girl like me be a supporter of militant Islam?”
This Southern girl with enough spunk to question the faith was suddenly converted. She went on record in support of her husband having multiple wives, although this is not in their immediate plan.
Abboud is much more than a curious young woman who bounced between religions, political parties, and even ideologies. She is now a converted, married to a man from Iraq and working for an organization with ties to terrorism. Not only is Abboud the Director of the Arizona MAS office, but she is also on the board of directors for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
CAIR has gained lots of attention worldwide for ties to terrorism. Before 2008, the FBI had a working relationship with CAIR. In 2008, they ended this relationship as the Department of Justice listed CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorism funding case. The FBI stopped all connections with CAIR to “…ensure the FBI is not supporting individuals who support extremist or terrorist ideologies.”
The work of CAIR also triggered action from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2014. The UAE listed CAIR as a terrorist organization. The list of terrorist organizations also cited MAS as having ties to terrorist work. CAIR and MAS were the only groups based in the United States listed.
The connection to alleged terrorist supporting organizations and the ease at which Abboud seems to change her beliefs is terrifying for the people of Arizona. Is Abboud being used as a face of the community to hide in plain sight? If it was so easy to sway a devout Christian to become a, is it far reaching to consider further manipulation?
Abboud has demonstrated an ability to adapt and change the way she lives to blend into new surroundings. It is possible that her Southern charm is being used as a weapon for the groups she now serves. They have not hidden the fact that her skin color and charm are a benefit to them. One has to wonder if she is willing to also change her allegiance to her country for a larger cause. She had already demonstrated a support of local terrorism when she helped to provide bail for one of the gunmen in the Texas attack. What will she choose to support next?
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