Trump’s Islamophobic policies are getting worse – and it’s going to get people killed.
In a move that can only be described as xenophobic-inspired suicide, the Trump administration is telling the U.S. government program “designed to counter all violent ideologies” to instead focus “solely” on Islam.
Reuters got the details of this insane new directive:
The program, “Countering Violent Extremism,” or CVE, would be changed to “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism,” the sources said, and would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States.
Let that sink in: The “Countering Violent Extremism” task force will drop all of their efforts to counter America’s large (and growing) number of right-wing and white nationalist groups and instead spend all of their time chasing Muslims. And naturally, Republicans are celebrating. Why? Because they think just saying the phrase “radical Islam” amounts to an effective counter-terrorism strategy.
Meanwhile, more Americans continue to die each year at the hands of right-wing extremists. A 2015 study by the New America Foundation found that since 9/11 white extremists were “by far the most dangerous” and deadly radical ideology operating within the United States. In other words, it is the Dylann Roof’s of the country that pose the biggest threat, not Muslim refugees. And yet despite these findings, American counter-terror agencies continue to focus most of their energy on Islamic extremists, and Trump wants them to double their efforts.
The fact that Trump has decided to alter the entire framework of counter-terror to focus exclusively on Muslims also supports the claim that his “travel ban” is really a “Muslim ban” after all. And he continues to have blinders on for the violent extremists that are among his supporters. Shortly after finding out that the terrorist who killed six Muslims at a mosque in Quebec wasn’t another Muslim but a white nationalist who had publicly supported Trump himself, the White House went dead silent about the attack. No condemnation. No strong rebuke. No offers of compassion or pleas for tolerance. Just painful silence. Once it wasn’t a Muslim, the talking point they had hoped for was gone and the ugly implications – that Trump’s own rhetoric was inspiring violence – was glossed over.
Now Trump wants to make that blindness into policy. Heaven help us.
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