Huma Abedin may have been listed as an "assistant editor" at a radical, Saudi-funded Muslim publication but the Clinton campaign is trying to say that doesn't mean she actually played a role in the magazine that blamed America for 9/11. The New York Post broke the story of Clinton's long-time aide and top campaign official being an editor at the radical magazine on Sunday.
The Clinton campaign was quickly trying to put out fires, says the Post.
“My understanding is that her name was simply listed on the masthead in that period,” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said hours after The Post broke the bombshell story. “She did not play a role in editing at the publication.”
Merrill said Abedin was just a figurehead and not actually on staff at the Saudi-based and -funded Journal of Minority Muslim Affairs, which featured radically anti-feminist views and backed strict Islamic laws roundly criticized for oppressing women.
Abedin, a journalism major in college, was listed as assistant editor from 1996 until 2008 when she left to work for Hillary Clinton at the State Department. Previously, notes the Post, Abedin had been an intern for Clinton as far back as 1996.
Since then, she has worked for Clinton on her Senate campaigns and at the Clinton Foundation and is now the vice chairwoman of her presidential bid.
The journal supported a strict interpretation of Islamic Sharia laws, which call for beheadings, require women to cover their bodies and faces and advocate death for “infidels” — which in their view includes just about everyone but the most extreme religious hardliners.
While Clinton's spokesman was adamant that the role Abedin played was merely that of a figurehead editor, Merrill refused to answer questions on whether Abedin was paid for her time at the magazine.