Going against Donald Trump, FBI warns of white extremism, Russian interference in elections

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WASHINGTON: “Racially motivated violent extremism,” driven mostly by white supremacists, constitutes a majority of domestic terrorism threats in the United States, FBI director Christopher Wray told a Congressional panel on Thursday. The development came even as US President Donald Trump unveiled plans to rewrite the country’s well-chronicled racist history – which he blamed on left-wing indoctrination – with “patriotic education.”
In another contentious assertion that went against the President’s views, Wray also confirmed that Russia continues interfere in the US election and pursue a disinformation campaign against Democratic Presidential candidate Joseph Biden, saying “We certainly have seen very active, very active efforts by the Russians to influence our election in 2020, to both sow divisiveness and discord and to denigrate Vice President Biden.”
The twin statements earned an instant rebuke from the revisionist President who tweeted “But Chris, you don’t see any activity from China, even though it is a FAR greater threat than Russia, Russia, Russia.” Trump also linked foreign interference to the US electoral process, saying, “They will both, plus others, be able to interfere in our 2020 Election with our totally vulnerable Unsolicited (Counterfeit?) Ballot Scam. Check it out!”

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Experts say very little fraud has been detected in absentee or mail-in voting, and Trump’s selective opposition to it appears to be because Democrats use the mail-in or absentee ballots in greater numbers, particularly because of coronavirus fears.
Amid growing racial divide and strife in the country that Trump blames on the “radical left,” Wray acknowledged that the FBI was investigating “violent anarchist extremists who self-identify with the antifa movement” but said it is “just one part” of investigations into domestic terror, which also includes “racially motivated violent extremists, the militia-types, and others.”
“We look at antifa as more of an ideology or a movement than an organization,” Wray told the House homeland security committee hearing in testimony that repeatedly went against the Trump narrative of antifa as a terrorist front for the left.
The US President meanwhile rolled out plans to whitewash the country’s well-documented racist history, calling for a new “1776 Commission” he said will work to produce “patriotic education.” Claiming that radicals are attempting to demolish the country’s “treasured and precious inheritance,” Trump, reading slowly from a teleprompter (use of which by Democrats he mocks), said, “Teaching this doctrine to our children is a form of child abuse in the truest sense of those words.”
Trump’s effort to consolidate his white racist base with revisionist history invited derision from several commentators who compared his “patriotic education” to indoctrination that countries such as North Korea and China practice. Meanwhile, the President was also sued this week by parents of two toddlers who featured in a doctored video tha he shared on Twitter in an effort to mock the existence of racism in America.
The heartwarming original video from 2019 showed a two-year-old black boy running towards a white boy of the same age and embracing. A doctored meme shared by Trump showed the black boy running away from the white boy with the mocking caption “racist baby probably a Trump voter” in a snarky effort to pan media coverage of racial tensions in America.
Trump’s exertions to rouse white support with such efforts come amid polls showing Biden maintaining his lead and continued desertions and resignations from the administration. On Thursday, Olivia Troye, a homeland security adviser to Vice-President Mike Pence and his lead staffer on the White House’s coronavirus task force, released an incriminating video alleging Trump failed to protect the American public because he only cared about himself and getting reelected.
“Towards the middle of February, we knew it wasn’t a matter of if Covid would become a big pandemic here, it was a matter of when. But the President didn’t want to hear that, because his biggest concern was that we were in an election year, and how was this going to affect what he considered to be his record of success?” Troye said in a video.
At one coronavirus task force meeting, she claimed that Trump suggested “maybe this Covid thing is a good thing” because “I don’t like shaking hands with people. I don’t have to shake hands with these disgusting people.” The White House dismissed Troye as a disgruntled employee, as it does with anyone leaving the administration and criticizing it.

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