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The mainstreaming of Islamophobia and its consequencesIn his book "The Islamophobia Industry," Nathan Lean, the research director at Georgetown University's New Project on Islamophobia, the Bridge Initiative, refers to the group of Islamophobes as "a right-wing cadre of intellectual hucksters, bloggers, politicians, pundits, and religious leaders," who, in the pre-Trump era, when the book came out (2013), had been working behind the scenes to demonize Islam. As a result, a dark and dismal view of Islam and Muslims became a central concept in decision-making at the highest levels and, at the societal level, Islamophobia is slowly becoming a new normal, leading to a surge in anti-Muslim hate crimes.The movement's motto is "Let's Make America White Again," so it is not only anti-Islam, it also targets other minorities, such as blacks, Latinos and others.Gabriel migrated to the U.S. through Israel and established a political group, ACT for America, which she claims has 300,000 members. She is now making a career sowing fear of Islam. A 2016 study by the University of Minnesota found that the disapproval rate of Muslims has doubled, from 26 percent a decade earlier to 46 percent, making Muslims the most disliked group in the country.
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