The Trump White House refused to listen to Homeland Security and combat white supremacist domestic terrorism for more than a year.
Trump refused to fight white supremacist domestic terrorism
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 sources close to the Trump administration tell CNN.
“Homeland Security officials battled the White House for more than a year to get them to focus more on domestic terrorism,” one senior source close to the Trump administration tells CNN. “The White House wanted to focus only on the jihadist threat which, while serious, ignored the reality that racial supremacist violence was rising fast here at home. They had major ideological blinders on.”
The former senior administration official noted Monday’s remarks following the El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, shootings were read from a teleprompter. “You don’t hear the President mention white supremacists when he’s speaking extemporaneously.”
Trump’s is to blame for mass shootings because he ignored the rise of racist domestic terrorists
Trump allowed the domestic terrorist threat grow because he did not want to anger a part of his base. White supremacists and racists are a vocal part of Trump’s support. If Trump would have taken action beyond of some of the lukewarm language condemning white supremacy, he would have paid a political price with some of his strongest supporters. Donald Trump can’t see beyond his base, which is why he refuses to take action against racists and white supremacists.
The domestic terror threat has been growing for more than a year, but Trump ignored it because he seems to believe that only Muslims can be terrorists.
Trump’s racism has guided his policies, and it is why he is to blame for the recent mass shootings.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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