new Washington Post report details the impressive rise of the “shadow” universe of non-profits that may have contributed to President Donald Trump’s election. At the heart of it: the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a right-wing nonprofit whose founder was a former leftist whose work, among other things, spawned the George Soros-funded “paid protester” conspiracy.
The Post report goes to great length to describe the historical rise of the Freedom Center, from its’ beginnings as a tax-exempt non-profit to a self-described “battle tank” and “school for political warfare.” Among the Freedom Center’s core tenets are the ideas that immigrants are destroying America, that Islam in particular needs to be stamped out and that climate change is a leftist “ruse.” According to Horowitz himself, the Freedom Center operates as a “shadow political universe.”
A self-described “red diaper baby” raised by communists, the Berkeley-educated Horowitz began moving right when he penned a “coming out” editorial titled “Lefties for Reagan.” According to the Post‘s Robert O’Harrow Jr. and Shawn Boburg, it was Horowitz’s organization that gave influential White House adviser Stephen Miller his start — the two became connected shortly after the attacks on September 11, 2001 when Miller wrote to Horowitz accusing his school of a lack of patriotism. Their relationship offered Miller opportunities throughout college and as a post-grad Capitol Hill operative, when Horowitz introduced Miller to his soon-to-be employer Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL).