The Trump administration has known since at least April that alleged white supremacists were responsible for every single act of race-based domestic terrorism in the U.S. in 2018, yet 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.
“Domestic Terrorism in 2018,” a document (embedded below) prepared by the State of New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security Preparedness, “shows 25 of the 46 individuals allegedly involved in 32 different domestic terrorism incidents were identified as white supremacists,” Yahoo News’ Jana Winter and Hunter Walker report.
That document finds there were “32 domestic terrorist attacks, disrupted plots, threats of violence, and weapons stockpiling by individuals with a radical political or social agenda who lack direction or influence from foreign terrorist organizations in 2018.”
The report was “circulated” throughout the U.S. Dept. of Justice “and around the country in April just as members of the Senate pushed the DOJ to provide them with precise information about the number of white supremacists involved in domestic terrorism.”
The Justice Department, under President Trump’s hand-picked Attorney General Bill Barr, refused to hand over the data or the document to Congress.
Meanwhile, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in January of 2019 had already compiled a report, announcing that, “Right-Wing Extremism Linked to Every 2018 Extremist Murder in the U.S., ADL Finds.”
ADL reported that “Right-wing extremists were linked to at least 50 extremist-related murders in the United States in 2018, making them responsible for more deaths than in any year since 1995, according to new data from the ADL.”
1995 was the year domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh blew up the Oklahoma City federal building, slaughtering 168 people and injuring more than 680 others.
“The tally represents a 35 percent increase from the 37 extremist-related murders in 2017,” ADL reported, “making 2018 the fourth-deadliest year on record for domestic extremist-related killings since 1970. Last year saw the highest percentage of right-wing extremist-related killings since 2012, the last year when all documented killings were by right-wing extremists.”
Why the Dept. of Justice and the White House blocked the data from reaching Congress is now yet another investigation Congress should take up.
Here’s the document the DOJ refused to hand over to Members of the House and Senate:
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Trump Calls Impeachment Inquiry a ‘Lynching’ and Falsely Claims His Civil Rights Are Being Violated
President Donald Trump is using highly-charged language to describe the House Democrats’ organized and thorough investigation – a formal impeachment inquiry – into his likely illegal actions, “a lynching.”
If that language weren’t disturbing enough, given America’s horrific history against Black people, the president goes on to falsely claim he is being deprived of his civil rights.
“So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights,” Trump tweeted early Tuesday morning. “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching. But we will WIN!”
The Trump campaign in recent months has made it a priority to try to court Black voters, believing they can even raise support from that community from 4% to a few points higher, it could help ensure the president’s re-election. Trump will even be participating in a forum on the future of criminal justice reform at a South Carolina historically Black college this weekend – with nine Democratic presidential candidates.
Tuesday morning’s tweet will not help in that effort.
CNN fact checker Daniel Dale, who follows Trump’s every word, weighs in:
This is the first time Trump has used the word “lynching” as president, on Twitter or out loud. pic.twitter.com/540h8Cdtgo
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 22, 2019
Many were quick to call out Trump’s obvious racist victimization and co-opting of actual hate crimes against African Americans.
DESPICABLE! Trump mocks and belittles the thousands of African Americans lynched in our country by equating House Democrats following the US Constitution to a "lynching." Trump is truly vile.
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) October 22, 2019
You think this impeachment is a LYNCHING? What the hell is wrong with you?
Do you know how many people who look like me have been lynched, since the inception of this country, by people who look like you. Delete this tweet. https://t.co/oTMhWo4awR
— Bobby L. Rush (@RepBobbyRush) October 22, 2019
A lynching?! 4,743 people were lynched in the US between 1882 – 1968, incl. 3,446 African Americans. Lynchings were crimes against humanity and an ugly part of our nation’s history of racial violence and brutality
Sickened to see Trump’s gross misappropriation of this term today pic.twitter.com/L8Oi9m8xRk
— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) October 22, 2019
Trump — who has made racist remarks, targeted Black lawmakers in his rhetoric, and called white supremacists and nationalists "very fine people" — compared the impeachment inquiry to "lynching," killings at the behest of white mobs intended to terrorize Black people.
— Alex Berg (@itsalexberg) October 22, 2019
A “lynching”?!? FUCK YOU, racist. Get that word out of your white supremacist mouth!!!
— (((John M. Becker))) (@freedom2marry) October 22, 2019
Wealthy white guy, faced with the prospect of losing power due to his own misdeeds, calls it a lynching. Disgusting. https://t.co/7nQh9aGxRk
— Tom Bonier (@tbonier) October 22, 2019
“ lynching”said the guy who took out adds trying to kill the Central Park 5 ..
— Jill (@Jilly379) October 22, 2019
Trump calls impeachment “a lynching.” Disgusting comparison to a horrific crime. https://t.co/9vtOUO7gBY
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) October 22, 2019
The president compares a constitutional impeachment inquiry to a horrific hate crime https://t.co/FkTI9TAOaM
— Grace Segers (@Grace_Segers) October 22, 2019
In a 1989 front page ad, Donald Trump called for the death penalty for 5 young boys of color who were innocent.
He has never apologized for it. https://t.co/szdcxN2HB5
— James Singer (@Jemsinger) October 22, 2019
— P Clark (@pclark887) October 22, 2019
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