The handwriting was on the wall November 9, 2016, when the KKK and the neo-Nazis marched proudly in the streets to celebrate Donald Trump’s victory. A few days later, on November 21, 2016, Richard Spencer chaired the National Policy Institute meeting in Washington D.C. The group describes itself as “an independent organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States, and around the world.” That day, the Ronald Reagan building hosted 200 attendees who raised their arms in the Nazi salute while chanting, “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory.” Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Trump’s DOJ, under the auspices of William Barr, would suppress the truth that the rash of domestic terrorism last year was directly traceable to white supremacist activity. David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement:
The Trump administration has known since at least April that alleged white supremacists were responsible for every single act of race-based domestic terrorism in the U.S. in 2018, yet not only took no action to combat the growing right wing violent extremism, but actually substantially reduced or even eliminated funding and programs that combat white supremacist extremism, violence, and terrorism – and then blocked the data from reaching the hands of Congress.
“Domestic Terrorism in 2018,” a document [linked to below] prepared by the State of New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security Preparedness, “shows 25 of the 46 individuals allegedly involved in 32 different domestic terrorism incidents were identified as white supremacists,” Yahoo News’ Jana Winter and Hunter Walker report. […]
The report was “circulated” throughout the U.S. Dept. of Justice “and around the country in April just as members of the Senate pushed the DOJ to provide them with precise information about the number of white supremacists involved in domestic terrorism.”
The Justice Department, under President Trump’s hand-picked Attorney General Bill Barr, refused to hand over the data or the document to Congress.
This is the climate in which we live nowadays. Disinformation and denial of truth is rampant. Fox News makes every effort to soft soap white supremacy as nothing but “a hoax created by the media and the left,” to quote Tucker Carlson. Trumpworld emphatically does not want you to have the facts about white supremacy. Trump, Barr, and the GOP are pursuing a racist agenda, which is nothing new, but it has never been so pernicious as to include the suppression of routine reports and data.
Make no mistake, William Barr is doing an information bottleneck at the Department of Justice. Just connect the dots: 1. Trump will not provide witnesses to congress voluntarily. In fact, he admonishes anybody subpoenaed by Congress to ignore the subpoena, and moreover, the contempt citation that follows it; 2. Trump has not turned over a page of documentation requested by the House since the Democrats took control; 3. Trump authorized Barr to give classified information to “whoever he wants, whether it’s his people, or frankly people like Devin Nunes, who is a star.” That’s a quote from Trump on Hannity’s show, July 25.
Both Trump and Barr believe in an autocratic view of executive privilege. Barr is selectively releasing information. You recall how Barr wouldn’t release source materials from the Mueller report. Stonewalling of information and simple data that used to be passed along to Congress automatically, is now the order of the day. In a word, we are f**ked.
Here’s what the DOJ doesn’t want you to see. “Right-Wing Extremism Linked to Every 2018 Extremist Murder in the U.S., ADL Finds”
The NRA doesn’t want you to know what’s really going on with guns and money from guns. They hide in the shadows at every turn and buy off politicians to keep things quiet and keep their money making machine grinding by fomenting both fear of the government and fear of the other. The DOJ is now shielding the white supremacists, who are in bed with the NRA, pursuing exactly the same agenda.
The Trump administration is the most corrupt in the history of this republic and it’s getting up there in comparison to corrupt regimes of the world. Mitch McConnell is staying at home in Kentucky, claiming a shoulder injury, in order to avoid reconvening the Senate and passing gun legislation, in the wake of the twin massacres last weekend. His goal is not gun legislation, it is stacking the courts, in order for Trump to realize his claim, that Article 2 of the constitution means, “I can do whatever I like.” Russia has indeed pulled off a bloodless coup using Trump, and Barr and McConnell are complicit accomplices, make no mistake. Democracy is not only at the abyss, it’s hanging over the edge and holding onto a blade of grass with it’s fingernails.