The Media Research Center, known as America’s Media Watchdog, has uncovered a DHS ‘Anti-Terrorism’ Propaganda Program that was apparently used to demonize conservatives. According to the MRC, the federal government has been using taxpayer funds to collaborate with universities and non-government organizations, directly to link conservative organizations with Nazism and terrorist groups.
Documents obtained by MRC Free Speech America show that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the Biden administration has been utilizing a grant program originally designed to combat terrorism to target these conservative groups, primarily Christians and the Republican Party.
The TVTP (Targeted Violence & Terrorism Prevention) grant program, overseen by DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, awarded 80 grants totaling nearly $40 million to various organizations. These grants, under the guise of promoting “media literacy and online critical thinking initiatives,” aim to undermine conservative voices and values.
The University of Dayton, one of the grant recipients, received $352,109, which equated mainstream conservative groups with neo-Nazis and advocates for left-wing violence.
During an “Extremism, Rhetoric, and Democratic Precarity” seminar at the University of Dayton in 2021, Michael Loadenthal, a self-identified member of ANTIFA and a researcher at the University of Cincinnati, elaborated on how “antifascists” could potentially de-platform organizations or individuals.
🚨BREAKING: @TheMRC uncovers DHS 'Anti-Terrorism' Propaganda Program Used to Demonize Conservatives
The federal government, using taxpayer funds, collaborated with universities and NGOs to DIRECTLY LINK Turning Point USA & other conservative organizations with Nazism & terrorist… pic.twitter.com/Vl8POay5M2
— Turning Point USA (@TPUSA) May 25, 2023
According to Loadenthal, this could occur if a sufficient number of people deemed these entities too conservative or “radical.”
“A lot of the things we are doing are illegal. What I’m saying, what I’m telling you, a lot of it is, involves breaking the law… and this is what the FBI will say. I’ve had many conversations with the FBI about this.”
The University of Dayton’s PREVENTS-OH program, funded through the TVTP grant program, has been identified as one of the most radical recipients within the initiative promoting media literacy and critical thinking. The program organized seminars and events that maliciously equated mainstream organizations such as the Republican Party, The Heritage Foundation, and Fox News with extremist hate groups.
The seminars featured speakers who made outrageous comparisons, including likening the Trump administration to the Khmer Rouge and suggesting that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis might orchestrate a second Holocaust.
.@mloadenthal also exclaims, “A lot of the things we are doing are illegal. What I’m saying, what I’m telling you, a lot of it is, involves breaking the law. And this is what the FBI will say. I’ve had many conversations with the FBI about this.” pic.twitter.com/4vVYSaU6iK
— Turning Point USA (@TPUSA) May 25, 2023
The MRC obtained documents through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, shedding light on the concerning association. Based on their findings, the MRC strongly asserted that the evidence presented warrants pursuing criminal prosecution.
Brent Bozell, founder and president of the Media Research Center said, “This terrorism task force is engaged in an active effort to demonize and eliminate Christian, conservative, and Republican organizations using federal taxpayer dollars.”
“What we have uncovered calls for criminal prosecution. The American people need to know those who are abusing their positions in the federal government will be held accountable for their criminal behavior.”
The TVTP program, initially proposed during the Obama administration, was revived and expanded under Biden’s DHS, deviating from its original focus on terrorism. The revelations suggest a concerted effort to target political opponents and undermine conservative values.
The Biden administration, under Secretary Mayorkas, has redirected the TVTP program to target conservatives, Christians, and the Republican Party, contrary to its original focus on countering terrorism. Approximately $40 million in grants have been awarded to support “media literacy and online critical thinking initiatives,” effectively weaponizing the program against political opponents.
The University of Dayton is just one of many grantees exhibiting extremist views and advocating for censorship.
According to the watchdog group, the Biden administration has been using taxpayer funds to target its political opponents through various initiatives, including the Disinformation Government Board and labeling parents as terrorists. The DHS’s TVTP program is another example of this pattern, as revealed in the report.
MRC Free Speech America has obtained additional documents through FOIA requests and plans to present further evidence of the administration’s efforts to undermine conservatives, Christians, and the Republican Party.