Over the weekend, conservative author Michelle Malkin was set to speak at an event held by Brigitte Gabriel’s ACT for America, an anti-terror group. The event was supposed to be held at the Mar-a-Lago Resort in Palm Beach, Florida, owned by President Donald J. Trump.

That was until the far-left media, in cahoots with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) involved themselves in the affair, causing what Malkin described as Mar-a-Lago’s “cowering bureaucrats” to back off. The resort’s crew apparently got jumpy after the Miami Herald published a Saturday morning headline which read “Anti-Muslim extremist group says it will host $1,500-a-plate gala at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago.

Of course, that shock-jock headline from a less-than-reliable media outlet should never have been taken seriously. Malkin describes ACT as a “nationwide grassroots group that educates the public about radical Islam, was founded in 2007 by my vigilant activist friend and Lebanese Christian immigrant journalist Brigitte Gabriel.”

“Gabriel has worked tirelessly to expose the Islamic imperialist agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic state; barbaric practices of female genital mutilation and honor killings by adherents of sharia; and the whitewashing of violent jihad in American middle school textbooks,” Malkin said. “Past speakers and honorees at ACT for America’s events and legislative briefings include former Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas (now President Donald Trump’s secretary of state), Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma (now Trump’s NASA administrator), Rep. Ron DeSantis of Florida (now Florida governor) and Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee.”

Only people who are soft in the head or have a political agenda (in this case, perhaps both) would categorize such an organization as an “anti-Muslim extremist group.”

It should come as no surprise, then, that the scamsters at the SPLC, and the Islamic supremacist cretins at CAIR were behind the smear. Those two far-left groups are the ones relied upon by the Miami Herald to run their headline, and like the good little leftist mouthpieces they are, the staff at the Herald rushed to print.

Malkin had some thoughts in a piece she posted to her website:

“Gabriel was not given a chance to defend herself or educate Mar-a-Lago’s cowering bureaucrats about the SPLC’s corrupt culture of manufacturing hate fraud, raising millions off fear-mongering, stashing away gobs of money in offshore accounts and staving off internal complaints of racial and sexual harassment for decades. Nor was I was given a chance to answer any questions about the subject matter of my planned speech, which was going to cover the SPLC and CAIR’s war on immigration enforcement patriots, SPLC’s defamation settlements, and the ongoing litigation against the smear merchants by deplatformed Trump supporters Laura Loomer and Gavin McInnes.

She discussed the implications of the Trump Organization kowtowing to the needling nonprofits.

“The Trump Organization’s capitulation to Trump-hating speech and thought police thugs has daunting implications for a wide range of politically engaged citizens on the right. If Trump’s family-run companies will swallow the SPLC and CAIR’s defamatory “hate” labels wholesale and throw the president’s most ardent supporters under the bus, what signal does that send to any hotel chain (or local government) about protecting the free speech and peaceable assembly rights of anyone on the center-right?”

Malkin also rightly pointed out that ordinary conservatives who harbor ordinary conservative views, like Fox News’ Laura Ingraham and Judge Jeanine Pirro, as well as Housing and Urban Development Secretary and former presidential candidate Ben Carson have managed to find themselves on the list of “haters” concocted by the cronies at the SPLC.

If these people are purveyors of “hate,” the word has lost its meaning completely.

But the SPLC and CAIR have to fundraise somehow, and fear mongering is an effective tactic, so no matter how milquetoast the views, or how moderate the conservative, prominent figures will end up on their lists and in their fundraising emails.

It’s precisely why such groups shouldn’t be taken seriously, and why the political right should never, ever bend a knee to them.