The Biden administration is funding an alleged research program at an Ohio college that reportedly includes the National Rifle Association, the Christian Broadcasting Network, and other conservative groups in with the Nazis and white supremacists.
According to a report released Thursday by the Conservative Media Research Center, the Biden administration “is weaponizing a government-funded anti-terrorism grant program in an effort to destroy conservatives, Christians, and the Republican Party.”
The MRC said this is being done through the Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Grant Program, known as TVTP.
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According to the Department of Homeland Security, the grant program provides funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as nonprofits and colleges, to study ways to develop strategies to prevent terrorism.
Created by the Obama administration, the program originally sought ways to prevent people from becoming radicalized by Muslim terrorist groups like al-Qaeda.
Yet the program “was revamped under the Biden administration and renamed to provide funding for localities to combat ‘all forms of terrorism and targeted violence,’” the MRC reported.
“Instead of focusing on preventing actual violence and terrorism, the program is now being used to target the entire spectrum of the political right and Christians through ‘media literacy and online critical thinking initiatives’ and other so-called training seminars as part of a coordinated effort to make America into a one-party system,” the MRC added.
The MRC says the program has provided $40 million for recipients.
One of them, the University of Dayton’s Human Rights Center, received $352,109 to launch what it calls the Preventing Radicalization to Extremist Violence through Education, Network-Building and Training in Southwest Ohio, or PREVENTS-OH project. The initiative “aims to develop a proactive, informed and resilient network of organizations, coalitions and civic entities aware and capable of collaborating to prevent domestic violent extremism in Southwest Ohio,” the DHS noted.
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The MRC noted that according to the college, the groups seeking to promote “radicalization to extremist violence” include The Heritage Foundation, Fox News, Christian Broadcasting Network, Turning Point USA, PragerU (a project of conservative commentator Dennis Prager), the NRA, Breitbart News, the American Conservative Union Foundation and the Republican National Committee.
A graphic created by the college shows those groups and others — such as Blue Lives Matter and the Tea Party Patriots — at the bottom of the “pyramid of far right radicalization,” with neo-Nazis and other hate groups at the top.
According to the MRC report, the University of Dayton has hosted PREVENTS-OH seminars at which former President Donald Trump was compared to murderous Cambodian dictator Pol Pot, who slaughtered almost 2 million of his own citizens, and which asserted that Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis “might wish to start a second Holocaust.”
One of the group’s seminars also featured a lecture by University of Cincinnati Research Fellow Michael Loadenthal, who is a self-proclaimed member of Antifa. The MRC reported that his Twitter account is populated with posts “celebrating acts of left-wing violence, often against police officers.
“Loadenthal used PREVENTS-OH to explain in detail how to create dummy accounts on free speech social media platforms like Telegram, Gab and Rumble in order to ‘destabilize’ political movements,” the MRC added. He was quoted as saying: “A lot of things we’re doing are illegal. … A lot of it involves breaking the law.”
At that same seminar, the MRC noted, University of Dayton professor Paul Becker claimed groups opposed to COVID-19 lockdown and vaccine mandates had been infiltrated by hate groups.
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The university has also hosted Nicole Widdersheim, a deputy Washington director for the Human Rights Watch and a former senior policy adviser to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Center, who claimed that DeSantis “might try to conduct a second Holocaust” with the Florida State Guard, the group revitalized by DeSantis to assist his office in emergencies.
“Instead of focusing on preventing actual violence and terrorism, a staggering number of grantees appear to be — with the DHS’s knowledge — using the funds to target the Biden administration’s political opponents through the guise of so-called training seminars for topics such as ‘media literacy and online critical thinking initiatives,’” the MRC reported.
“The Biden administration has a clear pattern of using taxpayer dollars to attack its political opponents, be it through the Disinformation Government Board, targeting parents as terrorists, funding the Global Disinformation Index censorship machine, and now the DHS’s TVTP program.”
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