After Trump’s Nomination Hate Crimes Increased more than 800 Percent: It could be Happening Again 

Trump and his “people” are dominated by white supremacists, Islamophobes, homophobes, misogynists, fascists, and hatred for Jews. Knowing this prior to his nomination in July of 2016, I was not surprised when the Southern Poverty Law Center Reported an increase in hate crimes of more than 800 percent in the latter part of 2016.

The Department of Homeland Security is suggesting that this could happen again. It is believed that domestic, white terrorists could focus their hatred on refugees from Afghanistan.

The DHS reports the following.

[“The bulletin noted that since mid-August, ‘suspected racially or ethnically motivated violent extremist-white supremacists have issued vague threats’ against the federal government, critical infrastructure and ‘an organization involved in resettlement’” of Afghan refugees, CBS News reported. But the cited example doesn’t seem all that vague, with domestic terrorists calling for the burning of a Florida organization aiding in resettlement.]

They elaborated.

[“’We assess that the relocation of Afghan nationals to the United States likely exacerbates [domestic violent extremists] grievances associated with immigrants and Muslim communities and could lead some to commit violence,’ the intelligence bulletin obtained by CBS News reads,” tweeted reporter Nicole Sganga. The report said that DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas commented that “we don’t have a specific, credible threat, but we do see such chatter. It is tragically unsurprising.”]

There are two Americas, and we are at war. On one side millions of Americans support the Constitution and the principles of our founding fathers. On the wrong side are Trump, his political party, and his white supremacist armies. Sadly, Trump’s message of anger, hatred, and violence is inspiring the worst of our nation to crawl out of their cesspools.

Other hate groups, disguising themselves as “Christians;” (this has become standard operating procedure); have echoed the intention of Trump’s cult.

That was the exact same sentiment echoed by Tim Young, press secretary for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS). The resettlement agency has been one of the foremost leading advocates for Afghans allies and their families. “Disgusting but not entirely unsurprising,” Young tweeted. “I’ve received my fair share of hate mail, simply because of my nonprofit’s work to help refugees, especially those of Muslim faith.”

Trump and his people, aided by Fox News and other propaganda machines, share the same message: “destroy America with emotions of anger and hatred, and encourage violence against innocent Americans.”

81 percent of Americans polled believe that Afghan refugees must be given preferential treatment for their support of American armed forces over 20 years.

“Just as we have experienced attacks against houses of worship and other locations selected because they were believed to be locations where immigrants were gathering, we are now evaluating the domestic terror threat environment, from the perspective of, could there be directed attacks at those being relocated here?” DHS Acting Undersecretary of Intelligence and Analysis John Cohen told CBS News.

“The U.S. evacuated more than 65,000 Afghans, according to numbers provided by the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “Of those, about 24,000 have arrived in the U.S. since Aug. 17. Another 23,000 are on U.S. military bases in Europe and 20,000 are in Asia.”

The government of the United States waged an illegal and unwinnable war in Afghanistan for 20 years. Those who aided our efforts, based on intentions which were right or wrong, must be treated as allies. Those who reject this principle are traitors to the ideals and beliefs of the United States of America.

Op-ed by James Turnage


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