A handful of Democrat senators are claiming that the Trump administration is not taking the threat of white supremacist terrorism seriously enough.
The letter was signed by some 2020 contenders, including Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), and is addressed to Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Chris Wray. Donald Trump’s response to the recent New Zealand mosque shooting is a central point to the letter.
“Last week, DOJ and the FBI finally briefed Senate Judiciary Committee staff on the domestic terrorism threat, nearly six months after the briefing was requested,” the letter reads. “The briefing reinforced our concerns that the Trump Administration is not taking this threat as seriously as it should be.”
The senators specifically target President Donald Trump’s response to the New Zealand mosque shooting at one point. They ask Barr and Wray if they agree with the president’s reaction.
“After the New Zealand mosque massacre, President Trump was asked whether he thought white nationalism was a growing threat. He responded: ‘I don’t, really … I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, I guess.’ Do you agree with the President’s remarks?” they wrote.
The senators also say that violent white supremacists are “the most significant domestic terrorism threat facing our nation today.”
“In recent years, white supremacists have repeatedly targeted houses of worship, including the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wisconsin; Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina; and the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,” the letter states. “Indeed, violent white supremacists pose a global threat, as demonstrated by the horrific massacre of 50 Muslim worshippers at the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.”
It continues, “It is clear that violent white supremacists are the most significant domestic terrorism threat facing our nation today. An unclassified May 2017 FBI-DHS joint intelligence bulletin found that ‘white supremacist extremism poses [a] persistent threat of lethal violence,’ and that white supremacists ‘were responsible for 49 homicides in 26 attacks from 2000 to 2016 … more than any other domestic extremist movement.”
The senators later urge the need to pass the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, which they say will help combat domestic terrorism. They also end the letter by presenting Barr and Wray with questions that they ask be answered in a “prompt” manner.
You can check out the full letter and the questions below:
BREAKING: White supremacist violence is on the rise, but the Trump Administration has stopped tracking it as a separate category of domestic terrorism. Read my letter with @CoryBooker to AG Bill Barr on this outrage: pic.twitter.com/lzY1hBJdqR
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) May 2, 2019
“White supremacist violence is on the rise, but the Trump Administration has stopped tracking it as a separate category of domestic terrorism,” wrote Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) when posting the letter to his Twitter account.
Considering the circus that was the questioning of William Barr by the Senate Judiciary Committee, it’s safe to say that this letter is just another excuse to go after Barr and the president.
Source: Fox News
If these senators really are worried about violence within the United States, then perhaps they should start working with the Trump administration on immigration. The border between the United States and Mexico presents a serious weakness to America’s defenses and crime pours in every single day.
If they wanted to fix any of the problems they mentioned, these senators would be working with the Trump administration on coming up with solutions to all serious violence within the U.S. Instead they are sending silly letters in an attempt to showboat and make the president look bad.
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