This is a statement that was repeated time and time again on the campaign trail. It was meant to strike fear in voters and open the pocketbooks of donors. It worked. It always does. But guess what? It’s not true!
Since 2002 Islamists launched nine attacks that murdered 45, while American right-wing extremists struck 18 times, leaving 48 dead. We’ll let that sink in for a moment.
Newsweek has a superb piece out today about the surprising number of home-grown terrorist cells, run by extreme right-wing whack jobs (there, we said it) are planning, plotting and often carrying out insidious acts of violence.
Here is a link to the article, but we’ll paraphrase a small part of it here for you.
In 2012 Eric Feight and Glendon Crawford bought the materials to build a radiation device, a weapon of mass destruction that would slowly and painfully kill anyone who walked near it. Their base of operations was upstate New York.
“Everything with respiration would be dead by morning,’how much sweeter could there be than a big stack of smelly bodies?”
Luckily they bought the material from the FBI during a sting operation and were subsequently arrested.
These American terrorists thrive on hate and conspiracy theories, many fed to them by politicians and commentators who blithely blather about government concentration camps and impending martial law and plans to seize guns and other dystopian gibberish, apparently unaware there are people listening who don’t know it’s all lies. These extremists turn to violence—against minorities, non-Christians, abortion providers, government officials—in what they believe is a fight to save America. And that potential for violence is escalating every day.
So to sum up:
FACT: The biggest threat to Americans actually comes from within our borders and not by immigrants.
ALTERNATE FACT: We have to close our borders to keep America safe from terrorists.
RELATED UPDATE: As petty as President Trump’s “blame the judge” tweet was, his personal attack on Judge James Robart was not the most troublesome part of the tweet. “If something happens,” it said, implying any act of terrorism by an immigrant allowed into America by Robart’s decision, “blame him and court system.”
Those last three words are downright scary. Is he suggesting that our most cherished constitutional safeguard, the separation of powers, should at long last be discarded? Is this a call to arms for the lunatics who were ready to explode if Hillary won?