What Jussie Smollett did was wrong. There’s no debate on that, and he is now facing a felony charge as a result of his actions.
Even President Trump commented on the story, furious that the Empire star claimed his attackers were Trump supporters.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2019
But there’s another news story this morning – one that is arguably bigger, more important, and that should be considered more urgent to the Commander-in-Chief of our military. On Wednesday, a member of the United States Coast Guard was arrested as a domestic terrorist.
Christopher Paul Hasson drafted an email discussing how he might carry out biological and other terror attacks. He had assembled a “hit list” that included a number of prominent journalists from CNN and MSNBC, as well as Democratic politicians such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sens. Richard Blumenthal, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Chuck Schumer.
Hasson had stockpiled weapons, steroids, and human growth hormone. Numerous reports state that he was inspired by the manifesto of Anders Breivik, a Norwegian who carried out two terror attacks which killed 77 people in 2017.
Hasson claimed that he was a white-supremacist skinhead in his life before the military. In an email, Hasson mused, “We need a white homeland as Europe seems lost.”
Shouldn’t the presence of a domestic terrorist inside a branch of our nation’s military be of more concern to the President of the United States and the Commander-in-Chief than the inappropriate and misguided actions of an actor?
This isn’t the only story involving white supremacy and domestic terrorism that the President has ignored this week.
On Tuesday, an Alabama newspaper editor published an op-ed calling for the Ku Klux Klan to conduct a “night ride” on the nation’s capital. Goodloe Sutton suggested that the KKK should lynch “Democrats in the Republican party and Democrats” whom he felt were “socialist-communists.”
No comment from the President.
Shouldn’t these plans for terrorist actions and calls for terrorist actions against members of our sitting government be of more concern to the President, who is charged with overseeing the safety and security of our nation?
In the White House document, “President Trump’s 100 Days of Security & Safety,” it is stated that “President Donald J. Trump’s top priority is the security of the American people and the American homeland.”
Interesting word choice.
It calls to mind another interesting word choice – a phrasing used in President Trump’s inaugural speech: “America First”.
The “America First” foreign policy slogan was first used by Woodrow Wilson to keep the U.S. out of the first World War. It was later taken up by the America First Committee, which pressured American politicians to keep the U.S. out of WWII, and was filled with anti-Semites and pro-fascists.
In other words, white nationalists.
Of course, being sympathetic to, and even friendly with white nationalists and white supremacist groups has been a theme throughout Trump’s candidacy and his presidency. In 2017, following a violent incident at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which a man attending the Unite the Right rally drove his vehicle into counter-protestors, Trump first blamed “many sides” for the violence, before finally comparing the nationalist group to the “alt-left.”
Many have speculated that Trump’s insistence on the need for a border wall is part of his own white nationalist ideologies.
And with every incident ignored, every call for violence by a white nationalist domestic terror group left unchecked, President Trump makes it more difficult for members of his administration to refute that claim.