Wednesday, July 11, 2018
These Chilling Cases Prove Otherwise. There's been a spate of violent far-right extremism since the 2016 election. Four days after a homemade bomb blew through the window of a mosque in Bloomington, Minnesota, in August 2017, Sebastian Gorka, then a national security aide to President Donald Trump, commented about the attack. Though the culprits were still unknown, Gorka suggested that the bombing may have been a "fake hate crime" ginned up by leftists. He also scoffed at journalists who had raised questions about right-wing domestic terrorism: "It's this constant, Oh, it's the white man. It's the white supremacists. That's the problem.' No, it isn't." Seven months later, federal prosecutors charged three suspects in the bombing. The accused, all white men who belonged to a militia group called the White Rabbit 3 Percent Illinois Patriot Freedom Fighters, allegedly hoped to "scare [Muslims] out of the country" by telling them, "You're not welcome here -- get the fuck out."
(The three were also charged for a failed bombing at an Illinois abortion provider.) About four months prior to the mosque attack, the alleged ringleader, a 47-year-old contractor named Michael Hari, had submitted a proposal to help build Trump's border wall. Hari's company pitched a "culturally significant" design that would "protect our way of life" and defend America's "Anglo-Saxon heritage, Western culture, and English language."
A month later, Congress passed a joint resolution "urging the President and the President's Cabinet to use all available resources to address the threats" posed by "the growing prevalence" of "White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups." Trump signed the bill quietly. That same day, he tweeted 11 times but said nothing about the joint resolution. Two months later, he retweeted graphic anti-Muslim videos posted by a far-right hate group -- continuing his long-running pattern of amplifying content from extremists.
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