White terroristic activity has been around since the birth of this nation. This is nothing new. But the failure to acknowledge the escalation that has occurred as a result of President Trump’s continuous hateful rhetoric is itself, aiding and abetting its growth and proliferation.
In moments like this, the script is sadly predictable. There will be those who will blame everything from mental illness to video games for the carnage. There will also be those who will self-righteously claim that this is not the time to “play politics.” But speaking truth about who and what this President is, is far from a political game. It is peddling in a sobering reality.
There are no “both sides” here. There is only right & wrong.
Never forget, this is a President who described himself multiple times as a “nationalist,” this is someone whose staff spent much of the hours following the El Paso shooting deleting the tweets in which he used the exact same language echoed in the El Paso murderer’s diatribe. This is also a person who recently actually made the white power sign in a speech while mentioning AOC, and someone who has a constant history of making racist comments about Black people, Latinos, & Muslims, including in the face of murder, saying defiantly that Nazis & KKK members were “very fine people.”
The truth of the matter is Trump has from day one, appealed to white terrorism rooted in the ideology of white nationalism and the lie of white supremacy, not just as a political strategy, but because at his core, this is who he is.
These are the FACTS:
1) White supremacists account for nearly 3 out 4 murderous terrorist acts in this nation;
2) The number of white supremacist groups in America has jumped 30% in the last four years;
3) According to the most recent FBI data, the number of hate crimes in America has increased three years in a row, jumping some 17% in the one year alone
4) Counties that hosted a Trump rally during his run for President in 2016 has subsequently experienced a 226% jump in hate crimes
5) One of the first things the Trump Administration did after being elected was to essentially eliminate a program specifically focused on reducing white supremacist violent activity and instead started the bullshit program that monitors the completely made-up threat of “Black Identity Extremists”
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the correlation between the political rise of Trump (his campaign run in the primaries, the general election & his time in office), his specific policy negligence around white terrorism, the white supremacist language he infuses in his rhetoric on a daily basis, and the rise in white nationalist violence that has ensued.
When we refuse to speak this truth, we fuel white terrorism. We not only allow it to exist, we allow it to thrive.
That said, calling out the real and present danger of a President that is right before our eyes radicalizing an army of white terrorists is not a political act. Instead, it is an urgent responsibility. And to do anything less is to allow this evil to continue to thrive.