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John Bolton's new chief of staff has pushed for American Muslims who follow Islamic law to be deported

National Security Adviser John Bolton handpicked a chief of staff who has repeatedly argued that American Muslims who observe shariah should have their citizenship revoked and be deported.

Bolton announced this week that Fred Fleitz would be his chief of staff at the National Security Council, a decision that the Southern Poverty Law Center called deeply alarming given Fleitz's past work "propagating wild conspiracy theories" that "stoke a climate of fear and violence against American Muslims."

Fleitz co-authored a 2015 report titled "The Secure Freedom Strategy: A Plan for Victory Over the Global Jihad Movement." It argued that following Islamic law should be considered "legal premises for deportation and stripping of American citizenship." The Atlantic says the report was part of a longstanding pattern from Fleitz, who was vice president of the Center for Security Policy, an organization that says American Muslims who observe shariah are embracing a "totalitarian political program" as dangerous as Nazism.

The report Fleitz worked on additionally claimed that "over 80 percent" of mosques in the U.S. are "shariah-adherent," which the report deemed to mean subversive of U.S. law and possibly violent. Mosques that appear to pose a threat "should be treated accordingly," the report said. The fierce Islamophobia in the organization that Fleitz helped lead has sparked many advocacy groups to denounce his appointment to the NSC, reports The Washington Post, especially given the organization's repeated claims that American Muslims are seeking to overthrow the U.S. Constitution with Islamic law. Read more at The Atlantic.