August 24, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--At a press conference on August 15, President Donald Trump stood in the gold-encrusted lobby of Manhattan’s Trump Tower and refused to put the sole blame on white supremacists for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend (which included the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, as well as others injured, after a driver plowed into a crowd). Speaking to several reporters, the president argued that the so-called “alt-left” — a term created to create a false equivalence between those on the “alt-right” (which is essentially a rebranding of white supremacy) and from activists opposing fascism — brought comparable levels of hate and violence to recent Unite the Right rally. The president went on to rationalize the rally, claiming that some of the white nationalists, supremacists, and neo-Nazis present were “very fine people” who just wanted to stop Confederate statues from being torn down. In April 2009, a coalition of conservative groups called for the ousting of then-DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano who defended a report on right-wing terrorism by stating, “we must protect the country from terrorism whether foreign or homegrown.” In the report, Daryl Johnson, a former domestic terrorism analyst at DHS, provided analysis saying that the stagnating economy and the election of the first black president could ignite flames of “violent radicalization” among the far-right and white supremacists. It also warned that loose restrictions on firearms and the challenges of military veterans resettling and integrating into their communities poses could lead to a “potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.” View More>>

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