Malcolm Nance warned on Saturday that the climate of hate and lies Donald Trump has created throughout his time in presidential politics is inspiring a new wave of dangerous, right-wing terrorism.
In an interview with MSNBC’s AM Joy, Nance pointed to the white nationalist Coast Guard lieutenant who was arrested for plotting an attack on Democrats and journalists.
“This guy believed that he was going to go out and carry out a run and gun attack where he was going to kill the liberal leadership of the United States,” he said. “He had an ideology in his head that is based on the hatred that we are hearing every day in the United States.”
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) February 23, 2019
This guy believed that he was going to go out and carry out a run and gun attack where he was going to kill the liberal leadership of the United States. Granted it might have been a fantasy in his head. The probability of him getting away with that, well it’s not good, but it’s not zero and that’s where the problem lies. He had an ideology in his head that is based on the hatred that we are hearing every day in the United States. And it’s not the first attack. We had the pipe bomber a few months ago try to do the same thing only in a more crude fashion. This was a very, very dangerous circumstance that we have to be on guard for all of the time.
Trump has emboldened right-wing terrorists
It’s no surprise that the rise of Donald Trump has encouraged the most extremist and violent individuals to carry out hateful and violent acts – whether it’s the spike in hate crimes, the attempted pipe bombings last year, or the latest plot to kill liberals and journalists.
In the past, leaders of both parties haven’t hesitated when denouncing white nationalism or defending the free press. In the Trump era, that has changed.
We now have a president in the White House whose rhetoric echoes that of the most extreme and dangerous voices in the country and is inspiring a new wave of right-wing terrorism.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.