Charleston Shooter Radicalized By Same Group FRC President Tony Perkins Addressed
The white supremacist terrorist who shot and killed nine parishioners in Charleston was radicalized by a racist hate group thatÂ Family Research Council president Tony Perkins addressed in 2001.
Saturday a website surfaced that isÂ believedÂ to belong to Dylann Roof, the man who has confessed to killing nine parishioners at a Black church in Charleston. On the site is Roof’s “manifesto” â€“Â for lack of a better term â€“Â a statement of his racist beliefs.
“The event that truly awakened me was the Trayvon Martin case,”Â Roof says. “It was obvious that Zimmerman was in the right.”
He continues, writing that that discovery, “prompted me to type in the words ‘black on White crime’ into Google, and I have never been the same since that day. The first website I came to was the Council of Conservative Citizens. There were pages upon pages of these brutal black on White murders. I was in disbelief. At this moment I realized that something was very wrong. How could the news be blowing up the Trayvon Martin case while hundreds of these black on White murders got ignored?”
TheÂ Council of Conservative Citizens, designated a racist white nationalistÂ hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, has nearly two dozen chapters across the United States. And it has its own “manifesto,” with statements like, “We believe the United States is a Christian country,” “The traditional family is the basic unit of human society,” and, “We believe the United States is a European country and that Americans are part of the European people.”
Under some of those beliefs, theÂ Council of Conservative Citizens states:
“We also oppose all efforts to mix the races of mankind, to promote non-white races over the European-American people through so-called ‘affirmative action’ and similar measures, to destroy or denigrate the European-American heritage, including the heritage of the Southern people, and to force the integration of the races.”
“We believe in the traditional family as the basic unit of human society and morality, and we oppose all efforts by the state and other powers to weaken the structure of the American family through toleration of sexual licentiousness, homosexuality and other perversions, mixture of the races, pornography in all forms, and subversion of the authority of parents.”
TheÂ Southern Poverty Law Center on Saturday responded to the discovery of Roof’s website. In, “Charleston shooterâ€™s manifesto reveals hate group helped to radicalize him,” SPLC president Richard Cohen points to the 21-year old racist’s explanation of how he came to his beliefs, commenting, “Weâ€™re not surprised.” The SPLC also separately calls the Council of Conservative Citizens “Dylann Roofâ€™s Gateway Into The World Of White Nationalism.”
Nor should we be surprised that theÂ Southern Poverty Law Center has meticulously documented the actionsÂ of the Council of Conservative Citizens and the ties itÂ has to almost two dozen politicians, almost entirely Republican politicians.
Then there are the ties the Council of Conservative Citizens has to Tony Perkins.
Today, Perkins is the president of the anti-gay hate groupÂ Family Research Council. He has intimate access to the media, mostly via Fox News, although it’s not uncommon to see him on other cable news networks, speaking against equality and for conservative “family values,” which in reality are neither.
Perkins espouses lies, like, as GLAAD reports, “gay young people ‘have a higher propensity to depression or suicide because of that internal conflict; homosexuals may recognize intuitively thatÂ their same-sex attractions are abnormal.‘”
But before that, Perkins from 1996 to 2004 was a Louisiana State Representative.
The SPLC reports that “in 2001, Perkins was photographed addressing a gathering of the white supremacistÂ Council of Conservative Citizens. The group, a direct descendent of the segregationist White Citizens Councils of the 1950s and 1960s, has called African Americans a â€œretrograde species of humanity.â€ Perkins, who later denied knowledge of the groupâ€™s racist views, spoke in front of a Confederate flag (seen here, courtesy ofÂ Right Wing Watch).”
*Flashback* Tony Perkins of Family Research Council is speaking 2 the same H8 Group Dylann Roof joined. @davidbadash pic.twitter.com/tMlfKWjy6T
â€” Capital T Capital J (@Goatyeah) June 21, 2015
ThatÂ Right Wing WatchÂ article includes the image of Perkins, and reports on his speech, at which Perkins claims heÂ “cannot remember speaking.”
Media Matters reports on an article in which Perkins “said he wasn’t aware of” theÂ history of the Council of Conservative Citizens, which, given Perkins ties to KKK Grand Wizard David Duke, seems unlikely.
Joe JervisÂ notes “the CCC calls LGBT Americans ‘perverted sodomites.’ The SPLC also notes that the membership rolls of the Council Of Conservative Citizens ‘overlap greatly’ with those of the League Of The South, the racist group which recentlyÂ distributed signsÂ at an Alabama anti-gay marriage rally addressed by Roy Moore, whose return to the Alabama Supreme Court was bankrolled by the League’s former president.”
It was just a few short years ago that politicians, mostly Republican politicians, believedÂ that racist views, like anti-gay views, were not only perfectly acceptable, but moral, even biblical.
On issues of equality, be it for Blacks or LGBT people, there’s never a question between what’s right and what’s wrong.
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White Supremacist Website, Manifesto, Photos Appearing To Belong To Charleston Shooter Surfaces
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Hat tip: TJ, Raw Story
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Trump Indictment Is a Massive 34 Counts: CNN
When he appears in New York next week, Donald Trump will face a 34-count indictment.
CNN’s John Miller on-air Thursday evening announced, “I am told by my sources that this is 34 counts of falsification of business records, which is probably a lot of charges involving each document, each thing that was submitted, as a separate count.”
JUST IN: CNN’s John Miller says Trump will face 34 counts related to falsifying business recordshttps://t.co/XqxXbMBcSC pic.twitter.com/oY1blHS8K0
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) March 30, 2023
Attorney Tristan Snell, who assisted in the successful prosecution of the Trump University case for the New York Attorney General’s Office, responded via Twitter:
“This is WAY more than expected. If this is correct, it could mean that the indictment covers FAR more than the Stormy Daniels hush money — like Karen McDougal hush money or other hush money/catch-and-kill cases.”
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“My hunch for a while,” Snell adds, “given [David] Pecker’s involvement and the drawn-out timetable of the indictment, plus the TWENTY interviews of Michael Cohen with the DA, showed that something far larger than Stormy might be in the works.”
“May still be wrong, of course. But 34 counts is a LOT!”
Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Says It Is Coordinating With Trump to ‘Surrender’
Donald Trump’s attorneys were notified Thursday afternoon a Manhattan grand jury had voted to indict him on felony charges related to his alleged hush money payoff of a porn star he reported slept with.
The ex-president’ attorney recently said if indicted Trump would travel to New York to turn himself in.
The Office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has just issued a strongly-worded statement saying it is “coordinating” with Trump’s attorneys for his “surrender.”
“This evening we contacted Mr. Trump’s attorney to coordinate his surrender to the Manhattan D.A.’s Office for arraignment on a Supreme Court indictment, which remains under seal. Guidance will be provided when the arraignment date is selected,” the statement reads.
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The Daily Beast’s Jose Pagliery posted the statement to Twitter.
Breaking news: Manhattan DA is negotiating for Trump’s “surrender.” pic.twitter.com/9fFx7heiGA
— Jose Pagliery (@Jose_Pagliery) March 30, 2023
NBC News explains the process, noting he is expected to be arraigned next week.
“After the indictment, Trump will be arrested and taken into custody. He will likely have a mug shot and fingerprints taken,” NBC reports. “Trump will then appear in court to be arraigned, where he will hear charges and enter a plea. Two sources familiar with the situation told NBC News that the former president is likely to be arraigned next week. Trump will either be jailed or released while pre-trial hearings take place.”
'INDICTED FOR HIS BEHAVIOR'
‘You Can’t Stand on Fifth Avenue and Just Shoot Somebody’: Donald Trump Indicted – Legal Experts Respond
Just past 5:00 PM ET The New York Times broke the news that Donald Trump, the ex-president, had been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury on felony charges.
It is a historic moment.
Legal experts are weighing in to help guide Americans through an event that has never before happened in this country.
Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Ackerman says the fact that this is the first time in U.S. history a president is facing criminal charges is itself a problem.
“I think it would have not been a novel event,” Ackerman said on MSNBC, “if we had done this 49 years ago with Richard Nixon, and he had not been pardoned, this will not be a big event [that] it is today.”
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“Everybody should be held accountable,” Ackerman added, citing former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s earlier remarks. Cohen testified repeatedly before the Manhattan grand jury that indicted Trump late Thursday afternoon after a three-hour session.
Ackerman lamented that despite over 30 people being indicted during Watergate, “Richard Nixon was pardoned, he wasn’t held accountable.”
“I think this is very important,” Ackerman continued, “establishing a principle, a line in the sand, that even if you’re the President of the United States, and you commit a crime, you can’t stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and just shoot somebody.”
Ackerman was referring to Trump’s infamous comments during the 2016 election, when he bragged he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”
Attorney and civil rights activist Maya Wiley, also on MSNBC, said, “It’s important and sobering that we had somebody who had the highest office of this country who has now ben indicted for his behavior, his acts, in order to win that office, but also faces what are more shoes that will drop, I believe.”
“It is a sobering moment for this country, that we are witnessing this happened to somebody who was entrusted with such power who has now had a jury of his peers, because that is what a grand jury also is, say we believe he had to face the music.”
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Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, now a professor of law, called this a “moment where we would do well to seriously assess who we are as Americans and who we are not as Americans, because we re all so familiar with Donald Trump’s tactics.”
Fmr. federal prosecutor @JoyceWhiteVance joins “The Beat” on news of Donald Trump’s indictment – “A moment where we would do well to seriously assess who we are as Americans and who we are not as Americans.” pic.twitter.com/H4odpLre3C
— The Beat with Ari Melber 📺 (@TheBeatWithAri) March 30, 2023
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