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House Democrats Demand Trump Records on How President Trump Is Fueling Hate Crimes
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=31831"><span class="small">Karoun Demirjian, The Washington Post</span></a>   
Tuesday, 27 November 2018 14:22

Demirjian writes: "The expected incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to top Trump administration officials Tuesday warning that when Democrats take over the chamber, they will investigate the rise in hate crimes - and how President Trump's policies and rhetoric may be enabling it."

Representative Jerrold Nadler (NY), the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, arrives for a Democratic caucus meeting in the Capitol Visitors Center on November 14. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Representative Jerrold Nadler (NY), the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, arrives for a Democratic caucus meeting in the Capitol Visitors Center on November 14. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


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House Democrats Demand Trump Records on How President Trump Is Fueling Hate Crimes

By Karoun Demirjian, The Washington Post

27 November 18

 

he expected incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to top Trump administration officials Tuesday warning that when Democrats take over the chamber, they will investigate the rise in hate crimes — and how President Trump’s policies and rhetoric may be enabling it.

“There appears to be a politically driven effort to diminish programs that empower communities to counter the influence of extremist ideology,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), the panel’s ranking Democrat, wrote to Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. “Reporting also suggests that the Administration remains focused on targeting specific racial and ethnic minorities as the suspected main sources of domestic terrorism.”

In the letter, Nadler pointed to the Homeland Security Department’s plans to track Muslims and the FBI’s focus on “Black Identity Extremism,” calling them “concerning trends in law enforcement” — especially when held up against Trump’s own rhetoric praising nationalism, accusing foreigners of fomenting domestic terrorism and refusing to condemn neo-Nazis marching in Charlottesville.

Nadler demanded that Whitaker, Wray and Nielsen respond by the end of the year to Democrats’ outstanding letters requesting information about the Trump administration’s decision to refocus the Countering Violent Extremism program predominantly on Muslims, as well as letters urging a greater focus on threats to Jewish organizations and on prosecuting perpetrators of hate crimes. He also demanded that they provide documents related to racial profiling and terrorism, including any intelligence assessments focusing on the “Black Identity Extremists” the administration has singled out, as well as any efforts to turn the focus of antiterrorism and community programs to apply strictly to Muslims and countering Islamic ideologies.

“We need to work together to study the disturbingly increasing number of hate crimes, the growing threat of the far right and right-wing extremism, and the disparate treatment of minority communities in terrorism investigations,” Nadler wrote in his letter.

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+1 # indian weaving 2018-11-27 15:10
Some qualified prosecutor somewhere must indict Trump for "Incitement to Riot" or "Incitement to Violence". Can a state indict Trump for this, clearly the preferable jurisdiction to avoid any pardons from anyone, ever (I guess governors can also pardon people in state crimes?). He's obviously egregiously guilty - on innumerable occasions at this point, with never-ending incitement to violence with his hate speeches.
 
 
+1 # DongiC 2018-11-28 02:58
Go get those Trumpistas, Jerrold Nadler, time is up for these born again fascists who deal so well in hatred.
 
 
+4 # SusanT136 2018-11-28 07:27
I suspect Whitaker and Nielsen - political slaves to Trump - will blow this request off. Wray I’m not sure about. The House will need to use subpoenas.

White nationalist hate crime has been on the rise for decades, but accelerated in the last decade. The FBI itself reported a 17% rise in hate crime in 2017.

It’s going to take a lot to reverse this trend. Fox News and right wing radio continues to fuel it. Could the Dems in the House try to bring back the Fairness Doctrine, or perhaps a law that requires news organizations to investigate and report facts only? Of course it would never pass the Senate but would be an important step away from the propaganda machines we have now.
 
 
+1 # relegn 2018-11-28 07:35
It is clear that the rhetoric of our Supreme Leader encourages the violence of the extreme right. No honest "study" will come to any other conclusion.
 
 
0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-11-28 07:38
This is bizarre. It is true that Trump has energized "white identity extremists" as a centerpiece of his campaign, but democrats have also energized their own identity extremists. We are in a phase right now of identity extremism. All of the identity extremists are fighting one another and claiming that the other has no right to speak or demonstrate.

It is easy to point out the white identity extremists and to see their hurtful feelings about others. The aggression of non-whites exists, too. It is mostly something that guilt ridden white people do to each other. The University of Iowa and many universities are requiring white students to participate in workshops that reflect on their whiteness and how their privilege hurts other people. THis is true; white privilege does huge damage to the dark skinned people of the world. But the heavy handed tactics will produce angry backlash and not much understanding. This is a culture war, not a moment of rising consciousness.

I hope this will pass. It is mostly bullshit. The key point is to understand that all people have rights and that there will always be others with whom we disagree. Violence or even the threat of violence against another person is a crime, not free expression.

Nadler will, too, produce only backlash and not understanding or policy. Why raise these sensitive issues in the context of a political war. That's what Trump does. Can't democrats be better than Trump?
 
 
0 # Robbee 2018-11-29 16:15
"The expected incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to top Trump administration officials Tuesday warning that when Democrats take over the chamber, they will investigate the rise in hate crimes — and how President Trump’s policies and rhetoric may be enabling it." - Karoun Demirjian, The Washington Post, 27 November 18

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