A 23-year old Nevada man, an apparent white supremacist with a history of gun extremism, was arrested and charged Friday in Las Vegas.
Conor Climo “discussed attacking a Las Vegas synagogue and making Molotov Cocktails and improvised explosive devices, and he also discussed conducting surveillance on a bar he believed catered to the LGBTQ community,” the Dept. of Justice said in a statement. “The criminal complaint also describes that items seized by law enforcement during the execution of an August 8, 2019 search warrant, including a notebook with several hand-drawn schematics for a potential Las Vegas-area attack. The notebook also contained drawings of timed explosive devises.”
The DOJ’s statement adds the criminal complaint alleges “Climo was communicating with individuals who identified with a white supremacist extremist organization using the National Socialist Movement to promote their ideology. Members believe in the superiority of the white race and have a common goal of challenging the established laws, social order, and government via terrorism and other violent acts. The organization encourages attacks on the federal government, including critical infrastructure, minorities, and members of the LGBTQ community.“
As NCRM reported Friday morning, the DOJ has been blocking the release of a report that says alleged white supremacists were responsible for every single act of race-based domestic terrorism in the U.S. in 2018.
The Trump administration not only took no action to combat the growing right wing violent extremism, but actually substantially reduced or even eliminated funding and programs that combat white supremacist extremism, violence, and terrorism – and then blocked the data from reaching the hands of Congress.
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‘This Is All on You, Sparky’: Trump Decimated for Attacking Obama After Pretending to Condemn Racism and Call for ‘Unity’
President Donald Trump is under fire for tweets he posted early Tuesday morning attacking Barack Obama after the former President issued a thinly-veiled statement criticizing Trump for contributing to a climate in which white supremacist domestic terror mass shootings are increasing. Less than 24 hours earlier – after all but ignoring two mass shootings that stole the lives of 31 people over the weekend, President Trump addressed the American people on national television. In that short speech he condemned racism and white supremacism, but some say his tweets Tuesday negate those remarks.
Trump quoted “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade, who had said mass shootings also happened under President Obama, but former President George W. Bush never blamed him for them.
“Did George Bush ever condemn President Obama after Sandy Hook. President Obama had 32 mass shootings during his reign. Not many people said Obama is out of Control. Mass shootings were happening before the President even thought about running for Pres.” @kilmeade @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2019
As some noted, President Obama didn’t daily stoke racist hatred and espouse white nationalist and white supremacist views, demonize non-whites and immigrants, and enact policies to advance a white ethnostate agenda.
Trump also repeated his false claim, tweeting, “I am the least racist person.”
“It’s political season and the election is around the corner. They want to continue to push that racist narrative.” @ainsleyearhardt @foxandfriends And I am the least racist person. Black, Hispanic and Asian Unemployment is the lowest (BEST) in the history of the United States!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2019
Here’s how many are responding:
Trump has now pivoted from condemning white supremacy in a canned speech to criticizing the country’s first black president… https://t.co/P7CrYRTFGo
— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) August 6, 2019
Donald Trump reading: “Now is the time to set destructive partisanship aside — so destructive — and find the courage to answer hatred with unity, devotion and love."
Donald Trump tweeting: https://t.co/31X4wPayfB
— Bill Kempin (@BillKempin) August 6, 2019
Not even 24 hours ago, the president called for the nation to put aside partisan bickering to solve gun violence. https://t.co/vplcUAkoJi
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) August 6, 2019
Nobody ever said "President Obama is out of control" because Obama's rhetoric was never linked to madmen with assault weapons and pipe bombs. And then he whines that people complain shootings are "way too high" under Trump. They've always been too high, Brian. For 20+ years.
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) August 6, 2019
So much for the speech he could barely read. Back to form. https://t.co/DuImxAaRLM
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) August 6, 2019
We all remember when Obama warned about the "invasion" of elementary school children. https://t.co/HrGZ4Nqwuc
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) August 6, 2019
The mass murderer literally wrote a manifesto based on your words.
Not on Obamas.
So fuck off.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) August 6, 2019
During his "reign?" Is that what you think presidents do? I will remind you that the GOP refused to renew the assault weapons ban during Obama's tenure. His being black was a problem for many of your followers-and you stoked it with your birther BS. This is all on you, sparky.
— sherean (@sherean) August 6, 2019
Well, tbf, Obama never used the language of mass shooter and/or white supremacists ever, let alone in daily public parlance like you do, so….
— Victoria Brownworth 🏳️🌈 (@VABVOX) August 6, 2019
I thought this racist mofo talked of unity but here we are not even 24h later 💀 https://t.co/jWqPfzGN05
— Mercedes Nuñez (@coldpluto55) August 6, 2019
Obama didn’t call any of the murderers very fine people, either. https://t.co/0Q3DNCbdiW
— jelani cobb (@jelani9) August 6, 2019
That’s because the Sandy Hook mass shooter didn’t lay out guns that spelled Obama’s name, didn’t recite Obama’s words and didn’t target people Obama had likened to rats and criminals. https://t.co/VXQFf9HzWw
— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) August 6, 2019
Told you. He couldn't even last a day. This is who he is. https://t.co/ElVc1oH4wn
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) August 6, 2019
You’ve had 250 already this year
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) August 6, 2019
— RichieFed 🏳️🌈🇮🇹🇺🇸 (@RichieFed) August 6, 2019
Trump Blames Video Games and ‘Mentally-Ill Monsters’ for Mass Shootings – But Not His Own White Supremacism
President Donald Trump blamed a wide range of causes – including some that have been debunked, like video games, and mental health – for the domestic terror mass shootings over the weekend that left dozens of people dead. The President in a surprise move also denounced white supremacism, despite having fueled white supremacist hate for years.
Trump did not mention nor did he blame his own white supremacism for the rise in hate crimes, mass shootings, and domestic terror, especially white supremacist mass shootings. And contrary to his own tweets early this morning, he did not propose gun control legislation, which he suggested pairing with “immigration reform,” which is code for anti-immigrant policies.
The President also called on Congress to enact strong and swift death penalty laws for domestic terrorism and white supremacist mass shootings, and asked lawmakers to allocate additional funds for mental health needs.
“In one voice, our nation must condemn bigotry, hatred and white supremacy,” Trump told the nation. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated.”
Trump proposes working with social media companies to “detect mass shooters before they strike,” and demands regulation of violent video games. pic.twitter.com/888s3deoqr
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 5, 2019
Trump’s supporters hold racist, white nationalist, and white supremacist views at rates much higher than independents and Democrats.
Trump also blamed the Internet and social media for helping fuel domestic terror mass shootings – while refusing to blame the over-proliferation of guns, especially those that are readily and easily obtainable.
Trump downplays the role that high-powered guns play in mass shootings: “Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun.”
He then proposes an expansion of the death penalty, to be administered with as quickly as possible. pic.twitter.com/xrKO3hKLs0
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 5, 2019
Majority of America Says Trump Is Racist – But Not Even One in Ten Republicans Agree
Among those saying President Trump is racist are African Americans (80%), Latinos (55%), Democrats (86%), Independents (56%), and a majority across all age groups.
It also includes those who say they do not follow any religion (“none”), at 63%, and 57% of those with a college degree.
But the results are not the same in a few other groups.
Those who answered “no,” to the question, “Do you think President Trump is racist?” include 55% of men (44% of women also say no).
Also saying they do not believe President Trump is racist are three out of four (76%) of white evangelicals and 55% of Protestants.
Meanwhile more than 9 out of ten (91%) of Republicans insist President Trump is not racist. Just 8% say he is.
This is the first time since Quinnipiac has been asking the question that a majority say Trump is racist. Two previous polls last year came close: both show 49% at the time said Trump is racist.
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