Rhetoric of Trump Gets A Kid Hospitalized After Beating

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Given the attention to mass shootings, a lot of people overlooked a story that went national about a boy who was beaten by a man (not his relative) because the boy didn’t take off his hat during the national anthem. This all happened A 13-year-old boy was attending a Montana county fair and rodeo on Saturday when he failed to … Read More

Trump Administration Actively Rebuffed Intelligence Community Attempts To Prioritize Domestic Terrorism

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Jake Tapper at CNN has the exclusive: White House officials rebuffed efforts by their colleagues at the Department of Homeland Security for more than a year to make combating domestic terror threats, such as those from white supremacists, a greater priority as specifically spelled out in the National Counterterrorism Strategy, current and former senior administration officials as well as other … Read More

#FireTuckerCarlson

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Tucker Carlson’s thinly veiled racism has catapulted into full-throated white supremacy since he ascended to a prime-time spot on Fox News. Carlson constantly stokes fears about the cultural displacement of white Americans and the ongoing threat to the national culture purportedly posed by immigration and diversity. The shit @TuckerCarlson does for clout. White supremacy is not a hoax and he knows … Read More

El Paso Victims Say No To Trump

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Daily Kos: Donald Trump’s visit to El Paso was packaged with slick videos and pictures of a grinning Trump posing with medical staff. But one thing the White House will not be releasing pictures of is Trump with the shooting victims still being treated at University Medical Center—because none of the eight patients was willing to meet with him. “This is a very sensitive time … Read More

Trump Travels To El Paso And Dayton Today

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He will meet with first responders, but only because his handlers are smart enough not to get him within feet of any victims, especially in El Paso where he is not liked for his rhetoric. As for Dayton…. White House shuts out press at Trump’s Ohio hospital visit – no photographs or questions — Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) August 7, 2019 … Read More

Trump Has A History Of Thwarting Law Enforcement Of Far Right Terrorism

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If you want a quick rundown of some of the ways Donald Trump’s team of hard-right conservatives has sought not just to downplay far-right domestic terrorism threats but to weaken the ability of government to investigate them in the first place, the Los Angeles Times’ Molly O’Toole has you covered. From the beginning moments of Trump’s administration, his appointees moved to shift government … Read More

Justice

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James Fields Jr.— who drove his car into a crowd of protesters and killed activist Heather Heyer at a white nationalist rally in Virginia in 2017—was sentenced to life in prison on Friday. The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to federal hate crime charges and admitted to deliberately driving his car into protesters. He will be sentenced separately next month on state … Read More

Trump’s Politics Of Hatred Has A Death Toll

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Hatred, resentment, white supremacy and victimhood are deadly political tools. President Trump wields them with no thought to the consequences — and people die. The latest is Lori Gilbert Kaye, 60, shot and killed Saturday at the Chabad of Poway synagogue near San Diego. The shooter, a 19-year-old gunman armed with a military-style assault rifle, wounded three others. The assailant, who reportedly … Read More

Trump Doubles Down On Charlottesville “Both Sides” Comment

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Trump tries to defend his Charlottesville response by praising Robert E. Lee. He claims the 'very fine people' remark was about people who "felt very strongly about the monument to Robert E. Lee. A great general, whether you like it or not."Via Politico pic.twitter.com/01W4IwGx8y — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 26, 2019 Joe Biden’s presidential launch has again cast a spotlight … Read More

DHS Disbands Its Domestic Terrorism Unit

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This is very bad: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has disbanded an Intelligence and Analysis unit whose members had focused on domestic terrorism, including white supremacist violence. Betsy Woodruff at the Daily Beast reports: Numerous current and former DHS officials say they find the development concerning, as the threat of homegrown terrorism — including white supremacist terrorism — is growing. … Read More

Christchurch Mosque Massacre

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New Zealand Herald: KEY POINTS:• 49 confirmed dead in ‘terrorist’ shootings at two Christchurch mosques• Seven died at Linwood, 41 at mosque near Hagley Park• Four people initially arrested, including one woman• Man, 28 due in court tomorrow charged with murder• One of the gunmen livestreamed shooting at Al Noor Mosque in chilling 17-min videoForty-nine people have been killed and … Read More

“I am dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on earth.”

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From the Washington Post: A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant and self-identified white nationalist was arrested after federal investigators uncovered a cache of weapons and ammunition in his Maryland home that authorities say he stockpiled to launch a massive domestic terror attack targeting politicians and journalists. Christopher Paul Hasson called for “focused violence” to “establish a white homeland” and dreamed of ways … Read More

Goodbye, Gab

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CNN: Gab has been taken offline following revelations that the suspected Pittsburgh synagogue gunman used the social network to threaten Jews. A statement on the platform’s website Monday said it would be “inaccessible for a period of time” after several web hosting services declined its business. Gab said it has also been removed from app stores and refused service by payment … Read More

Max Boot: Fox And Right Wing Media Is Reponsible

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Boy, I am old enough to remember when Max Boot was a staple of the right wing media, at least in print. Back in the aughts, he famously wrote this bizarre defense of the War in Iraq: Yes, folks. The fact that we had bad intelligence relating to WMDs is a GOOD (not a BAD) pretext for starting a war … Read More