* Longtime activist with numerous leftwing organizations
* Advocates class warfare
* States that she is gay and wants her daughter to be gay
Born on March 27, 1977 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Sally Kohn holds an undergraduate degree from George Washington University as well as a joint degree in law and public administration from New York University. Since completing her formal education, Kohn has served variously as executive director of the Third Wave Foundation; a Vaid Fellow at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute; a consultant with the Urban Justice Center; a strategic adviser to the Social Justice Infrastructure Funders; a fellow at the Ford Foundation; a senior campaign strategist with the Center for Community Change; a contributor for Fox News; and, currently, a political commentator for CNN and the Daily Beast. Kohn also works as a media and public-speaking coach. She is also the founder and chief executive officer of the Movement Vision Lab, a grassroots think tank that focuses on liberal and progressive ideas and positions. She resides in Brooklyn, New York, with her longtime domestic partner, Sarah Hansen, and the couple’s daughter.
Regarding U.S. Withdrawal from Iraq in 2011
Contrary to Kohn’s latter claim, however, it has been well established that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki did in fact favor keeping a substantial U.S. presence in Iraq (to preserve the peace and prevent a resurgence of terrorist activity) even after the withdrawal of most American troops, though for political reasons he needed to be circumspect and discreet in articulating that position. According to a New York Times report: “At the end of the Bush administration, when the Status of Forces Agreement, or SOFA, was negotiated, setting 2011 as the end of the United States’ military role, officials had said the deadline was set for political reasons, to put a symbolic end to the occupation and establish Iraq’s sovereignty. But there was an understanding, a senior official [in Baghdad] said, that a sizable American force would stay in Iraq beyond that date.”
Regarding Refugees from Syria and Elsewhere in the Middle East
Kohn believes that the United States should permit refugees from war-torn hotbeds of terrorism in the Middle East to resettle in America, and she has condemned President Donald Trump’s call for a temporary ban on travel from such countries to the U.S. as both senseless and heartless. For example, on August 19, 2016, Kohn took to her Twitter account and posted a photo of an injured five-year-old boy in Syria, along with the caption: “This is who @HillaryClinton wants America to help – and who @realDonaldTrump wants to keep out.” Similarly, in an October 9, 2016 tweet, Kohn posted a photo of a group of smiling little Syrian children who were flashing “peace” signs with their fingers, below a caption that read: “FYI, these are the dangerous Syrian refugees Trump wants to keep out and lump in with the extremists who destroyed their homes.”
Kohn revisited this theme on January 29, 2017, when she tweeted: “Syrian refugees are fleeing because of war America helped create. Turning them away isn’t just stupid, it’s immoral.” And in an April 4, 2017 Instagram post, Kohn wrote: “[W]e need to do something to stop the atrocities in Syria – and do our fair share to help Syrian refugees. Start there! These are children for crying out loud. And this wouldn’t happen if the white Western cared as much about the rest of the world’s children as it does its own…. What the hell is wrong with us and our basic sense of humanity?”
Regarding the Benghazi Terrorist Attacks and Political Scandal
On the night of September 11, 2012, a U.S. diplomatic mission and a nearby CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya were infamously attacked by a large group of heavily armed Islamic terrorists with ties to such jihadist organizations as al Qaeda and Ansar al-Sharia. By the time the violence was over, four Americans were dead: Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and two former Navy SEALS, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. In the aftermath of the attacks in Benghazi, the Obama administration immediately and persistently characterized them not as acts of terrorism, but rather, as spontaneous, unplanned uprisings that had evolved from what began as a low-level protest against an obscure YouTube video that disparaged Muslims and the Prophet Mohammed. In reality, however, within a few hours following the attacks, U.S. intelligence agencies had already gained more than enough evidence to conclude unequivocally that they were planned terrorist incidents rather than spontaneous eruptions of violence carried out in reaction to any video.
In a May 2014 opinion piece about the Benghazi terrorist attacks, Kohn wrote: “What happened in Benghazi, Libya, was a tragedy — not a scandal. And no amount of Republican witch hunting or wishful thinking will make it otherwise…. Republicans have been desperate to politicize Benghazi from day one.” In the same article, Kohn condemned Republicans for having “criticized the Obama administration for not doing more to prevent the attacks, such as beefing up consular security.” She also charged that “it was the same House Republicans who [had] initially denied the Obama administration’s request for additional embassy security funding” — implying that a lack of funding was the principal cause of the inadequate security at the American mission. But as the Washington Post has pointed out, this claim is both “highly partisan,” given that “Democrats had also short-changed the State Department budget (compared to presidential requests),” and “not credible,” in light of the fact that “funding for embassy security generally had increased significantly in recent years.”
Nor did Kohn rule out the possibility that American authorities initially thought that the attacks had in fact grown spontaneously out of protests against an obscure, anti-Islam video on YouTube. “It would not seem preposterous to believe [that] what was happening in Benghazi was more spontaneous protests rather than pre-planned terrorism,” she said, more than two years after the attacks.
President Obama’s then-Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, made big headlines on September 16, 2012, when she appeared on five separate television news programs where she claimed, falsely, that according to the “best information at present,” the deadly attack in Benghazi was not a premeditated assault but rather a “spontaneous reaction” to “a hateful and offensive video that was widely disseminated throughout the Arab and Muslim world.” Though Rice’s claims were demonstrably untrue, Kohn stated that they were “not only responsibly cautious in the wake of a complicated and still-unfolding national tragedy, but [also] strikingly accurate.”
Regarding the Muslim Brotherhood
On various occasions, Kohn has posted tweets stating that:
Regarding the Iran Nuclear Deal
In 2015, the Obama administration and the leaders of five other nations finalized with Iran a negotiated agreement allowing the Islamist regime in Tehran to continue to enrich uranium, build advanced centrifuges, purchase ballistic missiles, fund terrorism, and eventually have a near-zero breakout time to a nuclear bomb approximately a decade down the road. Nevertheless, Jen Psaki and the rest of the Obama administration portrayed the accord as a flawed but highly significant step towards thwarting Iran’s nuclear ambitions. In March 2015, Kohn criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for having agreed, at the invitation of Rep. John Boehner, to address a joint session of the United States Congress on the matter of this accord. Asserting that the deal was designed “to try and stop an already dangerous state from becoming a nuclear power,” Kohn wondered: “[D]oes Netanyahu rely on the endless specter of war with Iran to rationalize his own hawkish policies?” Moreover, Kohn accused Netanyahu of “inserting himself into American politics” and using “hawkish fearmongering” to “put his thumb firmly on the scale of the Republican Party.” “Can you imagine if President Obama waded into Israeli politics with equally demonstrable support of Netanyahu’s opposition?” Kohn asked.
Unbeknownst to Kohn, Obama was, at that very moment, busy doing precisely that. Specifically, he was assisting an anti-Netanyahu organization called One Voice International (OVI), which was bankrolling the Israeli group V-2015 and its effort to defeat Netanyahu’s bid for reelection. Toward that end, OVI flew a team of five former Obama campaign operatives — including Jeremy Bird, who served as a national field director for Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential runs — to help coordinate V-2015’s activities out of a Tel Aviv office building. As part of this anti-Netanyahu effort, OVI paid for hundreds of people to go door-to-door and try to influence voters throughout Israel. Moreover, there was a clear financial link between OVI’s anti-Netanyahu efforts and the Obama State Department. As The Times of Israel reported: “[T]he State Department gave grants totaling $349,276 to One Voice’s Israeli and Palestinian branches ‘to support peace negotiations’ over a 14-month grant period that ended in November 2014. After that period, the organizational infrastructure created with these funds was used by V15 [V-2015], a group that actively called on Israel’s to vote for ‘anyone but Bibi [Netanyahu]’ during [the 2015] general election.”
On April 2, 2015, Kohn tweeted that the “Iran deal may embolden and help widen openings for moderates, over hard-liners, in Iran.”
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Regarding Health Care
In a tweet she posted on June 27, 2017, Kohn implied that Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan — because of his efforts to replace Obamacare with a Republican alternative — was the equivalent of a serial murderer. Her tweet featured a photo of Ryan alongside the caption, “Troubled Wisconsin Man Goes on 50 State Killing Spree.”
Regarding Radical Muslims
Kohn on How to Deal With ISIS Terrorism
In a September 2014 opinion piece, Kohn said that “military action against ISIS is a bad idea” because:
As an alternative to military action against ISIS, Kohn in the same article recommended:
Advocating Class Warfare
In September 2011, Kohn wrote an opinion piece in the Washington Post in which she openly advocated the use of “class warfare” as a political strategy “to topple our economy’s brutal inequality.” Some key excerpts:
Wanting Her Daughter to Be Gay
In February 2015, Kohn wrote: “more often than not, we define happiness as some variation on our own lives, or at least the lives of our expectations. If we went to college, we want our kids to go to college. If we like sports, we want our kids to like sports. If we vote Democrat, of course we want our kids to vote Democrat. I’m gay. And I want my kid to be gay, too.” “When my daughter plays house with her stuffed koala bears as the mom and dad,” Kohn elaborated, “we [Kohn and her domestic partner] gently remind her that they could be a dad and dad. Sometimes she changes her narrative. Sometimes she doesn’t. It’s her choice.”