The Elephant in the Room

  • Aired:  01/05/12
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Jason Jones heads to Florida to help Nezar Hamze, a Muslim Republican, gain the acceptance of the Broward County GOP. (5:21)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

A FIT MEAN ROMNEY AND

SANTORUM AS A BOTTLE FOR THE

SOUL OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY,

AS JASON JONES FOUND OUT IN

FLORIDA, THERE IS A BIGGER

AND MORE DANGEROUS THREAT TO

THE INTEGRITY OF THE GRAND

OL PARTY.

>> THIS IS NEZER HAMVI,

DIRECTOR OF A NONPROFIT AND

A DEVOUT MUSLIM WITH A

SURPRISING POLITICAL

LEANING.

>> I CONSIDER MYSELF A

REPUBLICAN, CON VERVE

DIFFICULT INDIVIDUAL.

>> ARE YOU A REPUBLICAN.

>> YEAH, REGISTERED

REPUBLICAN.

>> WHY?

>> RONALD REAGAN HAS BEEN A

CHILDHOOD HERO OF MINE.

I IDENTIFIED MYSELF BECAUSE

OF REAGAN WITH THE

REPUBLICAN PARTY.

>> AND IN BROWARD COUNTY,

FLORIDA, WHEN A BOY

REPUBLICAN BECOMES A MAN

REPUBLICAN HE GOES TO THE

REPUBLICAN EXECUTIVE

COMMITTEE TO APPLY FOR

MEMBERSHIP.

>> WELL, I APPLIED TO JOIN.

I MET ALL THE APPLICATION

REQUIREMENTS.

BUT WHEN I GOT THERE, THERE

WAS A VERY WELL ORCHESTRATED

CAMPAIGN AGAINST ME.

>> HOW SO.

>> THERE WERE HAND OUTS THAT

AN INDIVIDUAL HAD PRINTED

AGAINST ME CALLING ME A

TERRORIST, SAYING, YOU KNOW,

ISLAM IS EVIL.

>> THE CAMPAIGN WORKED.

AND THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

VOTED AGAINST HIS MEMBERSHIP

158 TO 11.

>> AFTER ALL THAT, YOU STILL

WANT TO BE A REPUBLICAN.

>> YEAH.

>> THAT IS SO NONSENSICAL,

THAT IT ACTUALLY MAKES ME

THINK THAT YOU ARE A

REPUBLICAN.

>> HE NEEDED TO OVERCOME

THIS VITRIOLIC ISLAM O

PHOBIA.

FORTUNATELY THERE ARE LOCAL

ORGANIZATIONS DEDICATED TO

FIGHTING INTOLERANCE SUCH AS

AMERICANS AGAINST HATE.

I SAT DOWN WITH ITS FOUNDER

JOE KAUFMAN.

>> AMERICANS AGAINST HATE

FIGHTS AGAINST BIGOT REE.

>> SO WHEN YOU AND YOUR

GROUP AMERICANS AGAINST HATE

HEARD THAT MR. HAMVI WAS NOT

ALLOWED INTO THE REPUBLICAN

PARTY, WHAT DID YOU DO?

>> WELL, I-- I PERSONALLY

PRAISED THE LEADERSHIP OF

THE BROWARD REPUBLICAN

PARTY --

>> WAIT WHAT?

>> I SPOKE OUT AGAINST HIM.

I PUT TOGETHER FLIERS AND I

HAD THEM DISTRIBUTED AT THE

MEETING.

>> OH S SO IT WAS KAUFMAN,

THE ANTI-BIGOTRY CRUSADER

WHO CALLED HAM VERY A

TERRORIST.

>> WHAT IS THE NAME OF YOUR

GROUP AGAIN.

>> AMERICANS AGAINST HATE.

>> RIGHT.

>> AND WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITE

NATION OF AGAINST.

>> WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF

"AGAINST"

>> YEAH.

>> GOING AGAINST SOMETHING

THAT YOU BELIEVE IS WRONG.

>> WE JUST USED THE SAME

WORD.

>> I KNOW, BUT I DON'T

EXACTLY HAVE THE DICTIONARY

IN FRONT OF ME TO FIGURE

THAT OUT.

>> BUT YOU DON'T NEED A

DIXARY TO SEE WHY MAMVI

DOESN'T BELONG IN THE

REPUBLICAN PARTY.

>> WELL, HE IS THE LOCAL

HEAD OF CARE, THE COUNCIL ON

AMERICAN ISLAMIC RELATIONS,

AN ORGANIZATION THAT WAS

STARTED BY A TERRORIST GROUP

OVERSEAS.

>> YES, CARE, THE NEFARIOUS

MUSLIM CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP

LEAD BY DIRECTOR NIHADA WAD,

A MAN NO REPUBLICAN WOULD

EVER ASSOCIATE WITH.

BUT KAUFMAN'S OUTRAGE WAS

MET IN KIND.

>> HE CALLED ME SOMETHING

CALLED AN ISLAMOPHONE.

>> AN ISLAMOPHONENESS WHICH

INN ISLAMOPHONE.

INDEED I'M A TERRORPHONE.

>> YOU DO NOT DISCRIMINATE

ON PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS.

>> ABSOLUTELY NOT.

>> ARE YOU JUST JUNNING HIM

ON ASSUMED ASSOCIATIONS

WITH.

>> NO DOUBT THAT IS EXACTLY

WHAT I AM DOING.

>> WAS-- HOW DE TACK STACK

UP AGAINST A REAL REPUBLICAN

ON THE KEY ISSUES.

>> CAP AND TRADE.

>> I'M AGAINST CAP AND

TRADE.

>> I'M AGAINST CAP AID

TRADE.

>> GAY MARRIAGE.

>> I'M AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE.

>> SURE ARE YOU.

>> I'M FOR TRADITIONAL

MARRIAGE.

>> ABORTION,.

>> I'M AGAINST ABORTION,

PRO-LIFE.

>> FISCAL, FREE MARKET, I

BELIEVE THERE SHOULD BE-- I

FEEL WE NEED TO SEE --

>> PRETTY REPUBLICAN.

>> ARE YOU SURE OF THAT.

>> I'M POSITIVE.

>> I MEAN HE IS-- IN A LOT

OF WAYS LIKE YOU, YOU KNOW.

>> BIG BUSINESS, SMALL

MINDED.

>> THAT MAY BE TRUE BUT

AGAIN, HE WILL NEVER BE A

PART OF THE REPUBLICAN

PARTY.

>> HE HAD BEEN DUMPED.

AND NEEDED TO MOVE ON WITH A

REBOUND.

>> SOME LOOSE PARTY TO GET

HIMSELF INTO.

I SET UP A SPEED DATE WITH

FLORIDA'S MOST ELIGIBLE

POLITICAL PARTY.

>> WE NEED TO CUT SPENDING.

AND WE NEED TO RAISE TAXES.

>> RAISE TAXES.

>> RAISE TAXES.

>> NEXT.

>> I'M ANDREW.

MODERN WIG PARTY.

>> A SENSE OF HUMOR, AT

LEAST.

>> SERIOUSLY THOUGH WHAT

PARTY ARE YOU WITH.

>> THE MODERN WIG PARTY.

>> THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.

>> APPRECIATE IT.

>> WE ARE THE PARTY OF

ECONOMIC FREEDOM.

WE WORK TO ALLOW STATES TO

INTRODUCE COMPETING

CURRENCIES INTO THE MARKET.

>> I'M SORRY, YOU SAID

STATES.

>> STATES.

>> SO FLORIDA WOULD HAVE

THEIR OWN MONEY.

>> THEY WOULD HAVE THE

ABILITY TO DO SO.

>> GOING TO LET YOU BELOW

THIS ONE.

>> A BUNCH OF DUDS.

>> IT WAS UP TO NEZ IRTO SAY

SOMETHING.

ANYTHING TO GET HIS

REPUBLICAN PARTY BACK.

>> ♪ YOUR EYES ♪

♪.

>> WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH

YOU.

COME ON.

>> PETER GABRIEL HAS GAY IN

HIS NAME AND HE'S A

REPUBLICAN.

>> ♪ AND I'M PROUD TO BE AN

AMERICAN ♪

♪ WHERE AT LEAST I KNOW I'M

FREE ♪

♪.

>> J

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