Former WH Insider: Trump Admin. Ignored Far-Right Terrorism

President downplayed violent white nationalists because they were ‘his people’

A participant in the Unite the Right rally. (Rodney Dunning/Flickr)

I know many people would like the media to stop writing articles about President Donald Trump, but I’m afraid we can’t do that. Trump’s reign of error has left the country with a myriad of problems. Almost 500,000 dead from the coronavirus, missing vaccines and a far-right insurgency. The Jan. 6 Capitol attack was the end product of four years of growing white nationalist violence deliberately ignored by the Trump administration.

“Never before in modern U.S. history has a president condoned and abetted right-wing violence on such a scale. The conspiracy theories and grievances boosted by Trump have created the potential for enduring instability,” said retired intelligence officer Malcolm Nance in a Washington Post article. Nance recently briefed the Congressional Black Caucus on the danger of white nationalist violence.

After neo-Nazis held a torch-lit rally and chanted “Jews will not replace us,” Trump declared there were good people on both sides. Trump didn’t want to criticize them because they were his people!

Ignoring a growing threat

And the evidence is now leaking out through some damning revelations.

Miles Taylor, who wrote an entire book about the scandals within the Trump administration under the pseudonym “Anonymous,” confirmed this in an MSNBC interview.

“The person that did not want us talking about it was Donald Trump himself,” said Taylor. “The conclusions are very obvious. These people, who were intending to commit violence against their fellow Americans, in his mind, were potential supporters. That’s why after Charlottesville he said both sides had good people. That’s why we saw him ignore these warnings in the lead-up to the riot at the Capitol.”

Chad Wolf, a Trump crony, was also part of the problem. Wolfe was installed as acting director of Homeland Security, even though he had no military, police or intelligence background. He’ll be remembered for organizing a secret unit of Homeland Security agents who snatched people off the street and held them without charge. (A constitutional violation.)

But the people he targeted were left-wing activists. He somehow ignored the right-wing actors who were plotting to overthrow the government. However, many Republicans still think far-left activists, such as antifa, are a bigger threat to the government than the far-right, even though the insurrection left five people dead. But statistics show that far-right terrorists are a more severe threat to the United States than Islamic terrorists or left-wing activists.

“Since 9/11, jihadists have killed 107 people inside the United States. This death toll is similar to that from far-right terrorism (consisting of anti-government, militia, white supremacist, and anti-abortion violence), which has killed 114 people. The United States has also seen attacks in recent years inspired by black separatist/nationalist ideology and ideological misogyny. Individuals motivated by these ideologies have killed twelve and nine people respectively and those with Far-Left views have killed one person,” according to a New America report.

Neo-Nazis were Trump’s people

This issue was covered in a recent PBS “Frontline,” documentary that indicated that Trump’s comments about the 2017 Charlottesville “Unite the Right,” riot were a forewarning of how he would handle far-right violence. After neo-Nazis held a torch-lit rally and chanted “Jews will not replace us,” Trump declared there were good people on both sides. Trump didn’t want to criticize them because they were his people!

According to “Frontline,” the Capitol attack was inevitable since several elements at the highest level of the government ignored the growing threat of armed and emboldened white nationalists. Unfortunately, some of these groups are now embedded in the Republican Party. Enrique Tarrio, chair of the white nationalist street gang, the Proud Boys, was given a private tour of the White House in the dying days of the Trump administration.

The Proud Boys also serve as private security for Trump advisor Roger Stone. Jeffrey Perrine, who claims to be a former Proud Boy, recently won election to a leadership position in the Sacramento County GOP. Several Proud Boys participated in the attack on the Capitol. They were spotted praying before they stormed the building.

Trump never cared about America. His presidency was all about stroking his ego and maximizing the financial opportunities of being commander-in-chief. The fact that he ignored and stoked a violent far-right movement for four years is just one of the reasons why he will go down as the worst president in history.

Trump suppressed news of terrorist threats (YouTube)

Manny Otiko writes about race, politics and sports. He has been published in Salon and LA Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @mannyotiko.

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