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Christian TV Host Rick Wiles Asks Trump To Use ‘Hollow-Point Bullets’ On Portland Protesters

Christian TV Host Rick Wiles Asks Trump To Use ‘Hollow-Point Bullets’ On Portland Protesters
By Michael Stone
https://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2020/07/christian-tv-host-asks-trump-to-use-hollow-point-bullets-on-portland-protesters/

ChristoTaliban Rick Wiles deserves to reap what he sows and have done unto them as he wants done unto the BLM protesters.

More Of That Christian Love: Christian TV host Rick Wiles asks President Donald Trump to use “hollow-point bullets” on protesters to “put down this communist revolution” in Portland, Oregon.

Hill Reporter reports:

Rick Wiles, pastor, radio host, and conspiracy theorist, believes that there is a secret stockpile of bullets hoarded under the Obama administration for the purpose of quelling an uprising. Now, he says, Donald Trump should put those two billion bullets to use in stopping the protests that are ongoing in Portland.

ChristoTaliban Rick Wiles
Hey, ChristoTaliban Rick Wiles, this is my 50 cal Desert Eagle, and I will use it to give YOU or any other scumbag Trumpturd ChristoTaliban a full frontal lobotomy should you try your shit with me or mine.

Wiles, appearing on a recent broadcast of his TruNews show, said:

Mr. [Mark] Meadows, please tell President Trump that he is now in possession of Obama bullets — 2 billion ‘Bama bullets. You’re in possession of them now. You got the ‘Bama bullets and you can put down the [insurrection] … you can put it down. You have the ‘Bama bullets in your hands.

You don’t have to tolerate this anymore. They were purchased for the purpose of putting down an insurrection. Well, you got one, so put the hollow-point bullets to good use and get out there and put down this communist revolution so the rest of us can live our lives peacefully.

Radical conspiracy theorist Rick Wiles tells Trump to take the billions of bullets that Obama supposedly stockpiled and put them “to good use” against protesters. pic.twitter.com/yESP8TriTy

— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) July 24, 2020

Wow. Can you feel the Christian love?

Commenting on all that alleged ammunition, the TruNews show notes that “the federal army and arsenal at President Trump’s disposal to quell the insurrection,” exists because of  “the billions of bullets Barack Hussein Obama hoarded to round up Christians and constitutionalists under a President Hillary Clinton.”

Wow. Can you feel the insanity?

Wiles is a popular but controversial conservative Christian leader prone to making outrageous and alarming claims. For example, before the 2018 midterm elections, Wiles warned his viewers that if Democrats won the election they would slaughter “tens of thousands of Christians.” Yet even though the Democrats did win the House in the midterm election, as of today, there have been no reports of Christians being slaughtered.

Previously the Christian TV host warned his followers that MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was preparing to lead a bloody coup to overthrow the Trump administration. 

Yet for those who want to dismiss Wiles as a lone lunatic, it is important to note that he is a popular conservative Christian broadcaster with a large audience, and White House press credentials

Bottom line: Christian TV host Rick Wiles asks President Donald Trump to use “hollow-point bullets” on protesters to “put down this communist revolution” in Portland, Oregon.

Portland mayor tells Trump: Get your troops out of my city

Portland mayor tells Trump: Get your troops out of my city
By Andrew Selsky and Gillian Flaccus
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/portland-mayor-tells-trump-get-your-troops-out-of-my-city/ar-BB16Stz3?li=BBnb7Kz

Dicktater Wanna Be Donald J Trump finally pulling off his mask and revealing who he truly is.

The mayor of Portland, Ore., demanded Friday that President Donald Trump remove militarized federal agents he deployed to the city after some detained people on streets far from federal property they were sent to protect.

“Keep your troops in your own buildings, or have them leave our city,” Mayor Ted Wheeler said at a news conference.

Democratic Gov. Kate Brown said Trump is looking for a confrontation in the hopes of winning political points elsewhere. It also serves as a distraction from the coronavirus pandemic, which is causing spiking numbers of infections in Oregon and the nation.

Brown’s spokesman, Charles Boyle, said Friday that arresting people without probable cause is “extraordinarily concerning and a violation of their civil liberties and constitutional rights.”

The ACLU of Oregon said the federal agents appear to be violating citizens’ rights, which “should concern everyone in the United States.”

“Usually when we see people in unmarked cars forcibly grab someone off the street we call it kidnapping,” said Jann Carson, interim executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon. “The actions of the militarized federal officers are flat-out unconstitutional and will not go unanswered.”

Police stand as protesters gather during a demonstration, Thursday, July 16, 2020 in Portland, Ore. Federal officers deployed tear gas and fired less-lethal rounds into a crowd of protesters late Thursday. The actions came just hours after the head of the Department of Homeland Security called the protesters “violent anarchists.” (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP)

Federal officers have charged at least 13 people with crimes related to the protests so far, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported Thursday. Some have been detained by the federal courthouse, which has been the scene of protests. But others were grabbed blocks away.

“This is part of the core media strategy out of Trump’s White House: to use federal troops to bolster his sagging polling data,” Wheeler said. “And it is an absolute abuse of federal law enforcement officials.”

One video showed two people in helmets and green camouflage with “police” patches grabbing a person on the sidewalk, handcuffing them and taking them into an unmarked vehicle.

“Who are you?” someone asks the pair, who do not respond. At least some of the federal officers belong to the Department of Homeland Security.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that its agents had information indicating the person in the video was suspected of assaulting federal agents or destroying federal property.

“Once CBP agents approached the suspect, a large and violent mob moved towards their location. For everyone’s safety, CBP agents quickly moved the suspect to a safer location,” the agency said. However, the video shows no mob.

In another case, Mark Pettibone, 29, said a minivan rolled up to him around 2 a.m. Wednesday and four or five people got out “looking like they were deployed to a Middle Eastern war.”

Pettibone told The Associated Press he got to his knees as the group approached. They dragged him into the van without identifying themselves or responding to his questions and pulled his beanie over his eyes so he couldn’t see, he said.

“I figured I was just going to disappear for an indefinite amount of time,” Pettibone said.

Pettibone said he was put into a cell and officers dumped the contents of his backpack, with one remarking: “Oh, this is a bunch of nothing.”

After he asked for a lawyer, Pettibone was allowed to leave.

“Authoritarian governments, not democratic republics, send unmarked authorities after protesters,” Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley said in a tweet.

U.S. Attorney Billy Williams in Portland said Friday he has requested the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General investigate the actions of DHS personnel.

In a letter Friday, Oregon’s two senators and two of its House members demanded that U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf immediately withdraw “these federal paramilitary forces from our state.”

The members of Congress also said they’ll be asking the DHS inspector general as well as the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate “the unrequested presence and violent actions of federal forces in Portland.”

“It’s painfully clear this administration is focused purely on escalating violence without answering my repeated requests for why this expeditionary force is in Portland and under what constitutional authority,” Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden said.

On Thursday night, federal officers deployed tear gas and fired non-lethal rounds into a crowd of protesters.

Wolf visited Portland on Thursday and called the demonstrators, who are protesting racism and police brutality, “violent anarchists.”

But this is not a group of violent anarchists huh Wolf?

Wolf blamed state and city authorities for not putting an end to the protests. But Portland police said Friday they wound up arresting 20 people overnight.

At least two protests occurred Thursday night, one near the federal courthouse and the other by a police station in another part of the city. Police told protesters to leave that site after announcing they heard some chanting about burning down the building. Protester Paul Frazier said Friday the chant was “much more rhetorical than an actual statement.”

Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell told reporters Friday that his officers are in contact with the federal agents, but that neither controls the others’ actions.

“We do communicate with federal officers for the purpose of situational awareness and deconfliction,” Lovell said. “We’re operating in a very, very close proximity to one another … so it’s important for us to know if they’re going to take some type of action and it’s important for them to know if we’re going to take some type of action.”

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Oregon on Friday added the federal government to a lawsuit it filed earlier to halt the use of crowd control measures, including tear gas and rubber bullets, against journalists and legal observers at protests in Portland.

“The lawsuit is one of many the ACLU will be filing against federal authorities in Portland for their unconstitutional attacks on people protesting the police killing of George Floyd,” the group said.

Tensions have escalated in the past two weeks, particularly after an officer with the U.S. Marshals Service fired a less-lethal round at a protester’s head on July 11, critically injuring him.

The protests following the police killing of Floyd in Minneapolis have often devolved into violent clashes between smaller groups and the police. The unrest has caused deep divisions in a city that prides itself on its activism and progressive reputation.

Mary Trump Says ‘Virulently Racist’ President Used Racial, Anti-Semitic Slurs

Mary Trump Says ‘Virulently Racist’ President Used Racial, Anti-Semitic Slurs
By Nick Visser
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/mary-trump-president-racial-anti-semitic-slurs_n_5f10dc79c5b6d14c33653b1d

Mary L. Trump, President Donald Trump’s niece, said Thursday she has heard her uncle use racist and anti-Semitic slurs, the latest bombshell claim made after the publication of her book about the president and his family.

Speaking with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Mary Trump said she had directly heard the president use the N-word but that the public shouldn’t be surprised due to his history of making racist statements and his defense of white supremacists while in office.

Maddow: “I have to press you on it a little bit if just to ask if the president, if your uncle, was an exception to that in your family or if you ever heard him express, either use anti-Semitic slurs, or the N-word or other racist slurs or other sentiments like that, did you hear it from him, too?”

Mary Trump: “Oh, yeah, yeah, of course I did. I don’t think that should surprise anybody given how virulently racist he is today.”

Maddow: “Have you heard the president use the N-word?”

Mary Trump: “Yeah.”

Maddow: “And anti-Semitic slurs specifically?”

Mary Trump: “Yes.”

BREAKING: President Trump’s niece tells @maddow that she’s heard Trump use anti-Semitic slurs and the N-word.

The latest for @NBCNightlyNews: pic.twitter.com/55FERVVXgX— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) July 16, 2020

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the claims. The full interview with Maddow is set to air later Thursday.

Mary Trump has given a series of scorched-earth interviews this week following the publication of her controversial book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.” The president’s younger brother had sued for a temporary restraining order last month to stop its publication, saying the contents violated a nondisclosure agreement Mary Trump signed. But the courts rejected those arguments, and the book broke its publisher’s first-day sales record, with 950,000 copies purchsed

The White House has moved to undercut Mary Trump’s shocking assertions, saying simply the book “is clearly in the author’s own financial self-interest.”

It’s not the first time the president has been accused of using an offensive slur. Omarosa Manigault-Newman, who served in the White House before she was firedclaimed in her own book, “Unhinged,” that Trump used the N-word while he hosted the reality TV show “Celebrity Apprentice.” Her accusations were never substantiated.

Speaking with ABC News this week, Mary Trump, the daughter of the president’s oldest brother, the late Fred Trump Jr., called on the president to resign and said if he were elected to a second term it would be the “end of American democracy.”

“He is utterly incapable of leading this country,” she told ABC host George Stephanopoulos. “And it’s dangerous to allow him to do so, based on what I’ve seen my entire adult life.”

Could It Be That Trump Is Killing Off His Base So He Does Not Get Re-Elected?

Covid may actually work to our advantage here. For real.

The Trumpturds, his KristoTaliban Krackers and his Repugnant dick suckers are all getting Covid-19 because they refuse to wear masks and social distance. They feel this is all a hoax and want to go to their bars, their restaurants, their NASCAR events. They want to get their hair cut, their nails done and their tattoos of the names of their inbred children.

If you look at the states with the most rampant virus spread and deaths? These are the Repugnant states mostly. Who all thought that this is nothing more than a BS hoax, or not as bad as it has been made out to be. And the infection rate is soaring along with now? The death rates.

Commander Bone Spurs and his Repugnants and KristoTaliban Krackers sure seem to want this to spread among their idiot Trumpturds and fellow KristoTaliban Krackers. Yeah, I believe they also want it spread to the rest of us. But if we keep the masks on when we go out and social distance? We should be good.

And of course? The Trumpturds and the KristoKrackers are buying this shit. And right now? They are the ones getting infected and dying by the droves. They are even holding Covid-19 parties to purposefully get infected. I saw a video of this on YouTube and one of the idiots, who went to the party, died telling the nurse he screwed up.

Over 40 of their Krazy KristoTaiban pastors have died and churches have proven to be hot spots, with rampant spreading of Covid. Yet? Church leaders pastors are demanding to be allowed to open. One group is now suing California for telling them they should not be singing and praising the lord indoors because it has proven to be a huge spreader of this. They are actually using the BLM protests to back up their crap. Yet the huge difference between the BLM protests and church is? The protests are held outdoors while the church services are not. It is proven outdoor spread does happen, but that is if you are not wearing masks, etc.

Here? These idiot KristoKrackers want to hold their services indoors, and sing and praise the lawd, which spreads this disease among them. One would have figured after about 40 of their pastors have died already from the Covid-19 Hoax would have gotten the message. But apparently? They have not, or they do not care.

This all leads me to believe? That Trump does not want to actually get re-elected. Neither do the KristoKrackers really. Because in essence? By what Trump and the Kristos are doing? Are killing off their base. Which? Is actually a blessing in disguise really.

The more of these Trumpturds, these KristoKrackers and Repugnants die of Covid? The less will be around to vote this Orange Turd back in. Not only that? It is helping wipe out KristoKrackers in ways we could only wish for.

I would really love to hear Jerry Falwell Jr, Franklin Graham, Rick Wiles, Robert Jeffress, and Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and all the pundits of bullshit on Faux Nitwit Newsless drop dead of Covid. Man what a beautiful thing. They all call it a hoax? Let them fucking die of this hoax. They get wiped off the earth? The IQ level alone goes up. And we are free from these disgusting, sub human troglodytes for Traitor Trump.

So I say? Keep up the good work Traitor Trump, keep up the good work Repugnant governors. keep up the good work KristoKrackers. You are killing off your base. That is the best Covid-19 gift you all could give to the United States to Make America Great Again.

Trump Hate Map: People of Color Harrassed by Trump and His Supporters

Trump Hate Map: People of Color Harrassed by Trump and His Supporters

We’ve seen the proof since his campaign launch in June 2015.

http://americasvoice.org/trump-hate-map/

President-elect Donald Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric didn’t just push his fellow candidates to the right on immigration (in what has become known as the “Trump Effect”). It’s gone beyond the political world and injected itself into everyday life — and, in many instances across dozens of states, in a very violent ways.

This map shows documented instances where President-elect Donald Trump, his supporters, or his staff have harassed or attacked Latinos, immigrants, Muslim-American, African-Americans, and other minority and marginalized groups.

You can view individual incidents on the map by clicking directly on the Trump head “markers,” or you can click on the box-shaped symbol at the top left corner of the map to see a pull-down list of the incidents.

Some of the stories contained in this blog

Brief Summary Man Charged With Assault After Punching Black Man And Telling Him Donald Trump Will Deport Him

Detailed Description A trio of Bangor City Council members is denouncing what they say was a hate crime against a black man in downtown Bangor Friday night. Police charged Joshua Pendergast, 42, of Bangor with misdemeanor assault late Monday.

Bangor City Council Chair Joe Baldacci, writing Sunday on his Facebook page, said, “[Two] days ago near Essex and Somerset streets in Bangor a young African American man was punched in the face and pushed to the ground, without any provocation, by an individual who after the assault told the African American man to watch out because Trump could deport him.

“Let’s be clear Bangor does not tolerate this kind of behavior,” Baldacci added.

Similar Facebook messages were posted by Councilors Sarah Nichols and Ben Sprague, who said he was sickened by the reported attack.

More Informationhttp://bangordailynews.com/2016/11/21/news/bangor/council-members-denounce-alleged-pro-trump-attack-as-hate-crime/

Brief Summary African Meeting House hit hard by hate crime

Detailed Description The impact on Charity Grace Mofsen was immediate and visceral. Spray-painted in black on the side of the African Meeting House was “N—-r Leave” and a crudely-drawn phallic symbol.

“I broke down. I was hysterical,” said Mofsen, manager of the historic building on York Street. “I cried.”

The Nantucket Police Department had called Mofsen early Sunday morning to alert her of the vandalism. She was up early to head to the morning boat.

More Informationhttp://www.ack.net/news/20180315/african-meeting-house-hit-hard-by-hate-crime

Brief Summary The Family Of A Young Biracial Boy Says He Was Hung By A Rope By Teenagers

Detailed Description The family of an 8-year-old biracial boy in Claremont, New Hampshire, said a group of teenagers hurled rocks at him, called him racially charged words, and then pulled a rope around his neck and hung him.

The boy’s grandmother, Lorrie Slattery, said the incident occurred on an afternoon in late August when her grandson was playing with teenagers in the neighborhood in a backyard.

“The (teenagers) said, ‘Look at this,’ supposedly putting the rope around their necks,” Slattery told the Valley News. “One boy said to (her grandson), ‘Let’s do this,’ and then pushed him off the picnic table and hung him.” The boy survived.

The alleged details of the events are based on Slattery’s account, which itself is based on what the boy and his 11-year-old sister, who was present, told their mother, Cassandra Merlin.

The boy’s uncle, Lyric Merlin, posted a photo of the boy’s injured neck on Facebook on Aug. 28, the day of the alleged incident.

“My nephew was hung from a tree by a 14yr old who claims ‘it was an accident,” Merlin wrote. “I don’t care what kind of excuse this teenager has but you DO NOT play with somebody’s life.”

More Informationhttps://www.buzzfeed.com/talalansari/family-says-boy-was-injured-in-hanging?utm_term=.rnJv7A007#.tolm43oo4

Brief Summary South Boston brothers plead guilty to brazen beating

Detailed Description It was not enough for two South Boston brothers to urinate on a sleeping homeless man in August. They punched him repeatedly, and beat him with a metal pole. They called him a “wetback.”

Then they high-fived each other and walked away.

On Monday, the brothers — Scott Leader, 38, and Steven Leader, 30 — pleaded guilty to several felony charges in the unprovoked attack, including assault and battery, intimidation, and civil rights violations.

Scott Leader, who prosecutors said has a history of hate crimes against minorities, was sentenced to three years in state prison. Steven Leader was sentenced to at least two years behind bars.

Both sentences are followed by three years of probation.

One of the South Boston brothers accused of beating and urinating on the victim said he was inspired in part by Donald Trump.

The Dorchester attack drew national attention because of its random cruelty and explicit nature. Prosecutors said the men beat 58-year-old Guillermo Rodriguez because they thought he was an illegal immigrant. Scott Leader told police the violence was acceptable because the victim was homeless and Hispanic.

“Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported,” Scott Leader said after the attack, according to authorities.

In a mostly empty Boston courtroom, Suffolk Superior Court Justice Peter B. Krupp denounced the attack as “cowardly and despicable.”

Suffolk County prosecutor Nicole Rimar said the incident “was an unprovoked attack on a sleeping man based completely off racial hostility.”

More Informationhttps://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/05/16/brothers-plead-guilty-beating-homeless-immigrant/jpbvoo23yr2sntgKwtQ6KI/story.html

Brief Summary North Brookfield teen says man threw hatchet at him, yelled racial slur

Detailed Description Police in North Brookfield are investigating a possible hate crime after a 14-year-old African-American boy reported a passenger in a car threw a hatchet at him and yelled a racial slur as he walked home from school, an official said.

The boy got off the bus near South Main Street and was heading home when around 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, when two people drove by in a black Jeep, Officer Chris Donais said.

“The passenger opened up the door, threw what appeared to be hatchet at him, yelled a racial slur, and drove off,” Donais said during a telephone interview Wednesday night. The passenger’s face was covered during the alleged incident, and nobody reported seeing it happen.

The boy was not injured, according to Donais. Police were unable to locate the hatchet or find the suspects and their car.

More Informationhttps://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/06/06/north-brookfield-teen-says-man-threw-hatchet-him-yelled-racial-slur/PsnxMjkXaGDe4cJLLAT7sL/story.html?event=event25

Brief Summary Trump Supporters Bombard Nurse, Children With Threats

Detailed Description A home health care nurse in Maine said this week that supporters of President-elect Donald Trump have attacked her and her family with more than 100 calls because conservative websites published the wrong number.

Debbie Oram explained to the Bangor Daily News that the callers are upset at the owner of Turner LP Gas, who said he would not deliver gas to anyone who voted for the president-elect because he believes Trump is the antichrist.

Although Oram has no connection to the gas company, she has received more than 100 calls since Friday. It turns out that her number is one digit off from the number of the gas company. While some of the callers have been polite, the nurse said others have been downright scary.

“I’d appreciate anything you can do to put it out there so these calls will stop,” Oram told the paper. “I would hate to change my number but that’s what I’ll have to do if this doesn’t stop. We’ve had our number for years.”

According to Oram, some of the calls threatened her 21-year-old daughter and her 11-year-old son. Her son was so frightened that he began sleeping in his mother’s bedroom.

“They’re saying rude and disgusting things,” she remarked. “I had to go to my doctor today for more anxiety medication because of it.”

More Informationhttp://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/trump-fans-bombard-nurses-children-with-threats-after-pro-trump-websites-publish-wrong-number/

Brief Summary Clashes in Charlottesville

Detailed Description White nationalists clash with counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 12, 2017.

A planned rally by white supremacists, advertised as “Unite the Right,” devolved into violent clashes that left at least one dead and about three dozen injured, and prompted Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to declare a state of emergency.

More Informationhttps://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/white-supremacist-rallies-in-charlottesville-virginia/2/

Brief Summary Arsonist’s threat to ‘torture’ immigrants a hate crime, say Charlotte police

Detailed Description An attempt to burn an east Charlotte store that included a note warning of plans to “torture” immigrants is being investigated as a hate crime by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

Police say officers were called at 9:59 p.m. Thursday to a fire at the Central Market, a Nepali Indian store at 5718 Albemarle Road in Charlotte. On arrival, officers were advised by the Charlotte Fire Department that the fire was contained to the front door and burned itself out by their arrival.

Investigators say one of the windows in the door had been broken out with a rock and a note was left near the door. The note stated “the suspect did not want any refugee business owners and that they would torture the owner if they did not leave and go back to where they came from,” according to police.

It was signed “White America.”

More Informationhttp://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article143296274.html

Brief Summary Man Charged With Battery After Punching Latino Worker In Back Of Head \”For Donald Trump\”

Detailed Description hite Florida man has been charged with battery after he was accused of punching an Hispanic man in the back of the head “for Donald Trump.”

The Gainesville Sun reported that the incident occurred on Nov. 10 while the victim was cleaning the parking lot at a Gate Food Post store in Gainesville.

According to a police report obtained by Egberto Willies, Caleb Joseph Illig arrived at the parking lot at around 1:10 a.m. and began punching Pablo Echevarria in the back of the head.

The report said that Illig shouted, “Let’s Trump down,” as he punched Echevarria. When Echevarria asked why he was being attacked, Illig reportedly replied, “This is for Donald Trump.”

The charging document stated that Echevarria attempted “evasive movements” instead of fighting back. Eventually another employee intervened and Illig fled the scene. Echevarria told police that the back of his head and his neck were in pain after the attack but it was not immediately clear if he received medical assistance.

Police said that security footage “clearly shows [Illig] striking [Echevarria] in the back of the head, and completely corroborates the [victim] and [witness’] accounts of the incident.”

On Nov. 20, Illig told officers that he had “no recollection of the incident whatsoever,” and suggest that bipolar disorder and alcohol were to blame.

Illig was charged with simple battery.

More Informationhttp://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/this-is-for-donald-trump-white-man-repeatedly-punches-hispanic-worker-in-the-back-of-the-head/

Brief Summary Armed Trump Supporter Intimidates Woman And Child At Polling Location

Detailed Description A man wearing a Donald Trump shirt and carrying a weapon stood outside a voting location in Loudoun County, Virginia, on Friday. Authorities in the nation’s richest county are apparently OK with that.

Erika Cotti encountered the man when she went to vote at the county’s registrar’s office, she told The Huffington Post. Virginia doesn’t have early voting per se, but voters can cast in-person absentee ballots for a host of reasons, like if they’re going to be out of the county or city on Election Day.

“I had my 9-year-old son with me. I felt intimidated,” Cotti said. “And I had to explain to my 9-year-old why a man with a 357 magnum is standing outside the polling station.”

Cotti said the man offered her a Republican sample ballot, which she declined.

“He’s like, ‘Who are you going to vote for, crooked Hillary?’ And I was like, that’s really none of your business,” Cotti said, adding that the man was standing in the sidewalk outside of the office when they left and blocking their path.

Judy Brown, Loudoun County registrar, confirmed that the man was standing outside her office in Leesburg and handing out GOP literature.

“There is a gentleman standing outside the office with a holstered gun,” Brown told HuffPost. “According to law enforcement, because Virginia is open carry, he’s allowed to have it.”

More Informationhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-supporter-gun-voter-intimidation-virginia_us_581cf16ee4b0aac624846eb5?w93476mqvhdea5rk9

Brief Summary “Black Lives Don’t Matter”, “Ni**er”: Trump Supporter Attacks Black Driver 

Detailed Description 29-year-old Brandon Levston says he became the victim of a horrifying and racially charged verbal assault ― one he says shows “exactly why” people need to get out and vote Tuesday.

The incident occurred in a parking lot outside a Memphis shopping mall after Levston was involved in a traffic altercation with a white male driver, The Commercial Appeal reported.

“What’s up, buddy?” the man, a supporter of Republican nominee Donald Trump, says after Levston began filming the encounter. “Hey, Trump. Trump all the way! Trump!”

Then the bigot shows his true colors, calling Levston a “n****r” numerous times, mocking the black man’s speech and coaching him on the definition of words like “matter” ― as in “black lives don’t matter” ― and racial epithets.

More Informationhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-supporter-racist-rant-tennessee_us_5820e084e4b0aac624863e02

Brief Summary Trump Supporters Attack Disabled Boy At Tampa Rally

Detailed Description Trump supporters near them started pushing her son’s wheelchair, and calling her a “child abuser” and telling others to “grab her p—y.” The boy and his family were escorted from the arena, she said.

“I thought we may get kicked out,” she said. “I didn’t think they’d start shoving his wheelchair.”

Some people also criticized Holmes for taking her son to the rally, accusing her of using him to protest. “He’s not some puppet I wheeled in there,” Holmes said. “This was him — this was all him.”

More Informationhttp://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/obama-jj-holmes-cerebral-palsy-kicked-out-trump-rally-a7403876.html

Brief Summary Florida Man Accused of Setting Store Fire Thought Owners were Muslims

Detailed Description A 64-year-old Fort Pierce man who wanted to “run the Arabs out of of our country” remains jailed Saturday on $30,000 bond, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.

Richard Leslie Lloyd  was arrested Friday after he tried to set fire to a Port St. Lucie convenience store, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said. Lloyd reportedly told investigators he assumed the owner of a convenience store at Prima Vista and Airoso boulevards was Muslim and it made him mad “due to what they are doing in the Middle East.”

He was taken into custody after investigators responded shortly after 7:30 a.m. to reports of a suspicious person at the Met Mart convenience store. Deputies arrived to find that a dumpster had been rolled in front of the doors on the convenience store and set on fire.

Upon seeing deputies, Lloyd put his hands behind his back and said “take me away,” Sheriff Ken Mascara said. The St. Lucie County Fire District extinguished the fire. The store was not open and its security shutters were closed and intact.

“It’s unfortunate that Mr. Lloyd made the assumption that the store owners were Muslim when, in fact, they are of Indian descent,” Mascara said. “Regardless, we will not tolerate violence based on age, race, color, ancestry, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, homeless status, mental or physical disability.”

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Brief Summary Man Charged With Hate Crime For Allegedly Plowing Truck Into Convenience Store

Detailed Description

A former reserve sheriff’s deputy is facing hate crime charges after telling Louisiana authorities that he plowed his pickup truck into a convenience store because he thought its Sikh owners were Muslim.

Chad Horsley, 27, was arrested Monday and charged with one count each of hate crimes, simple criminal damage to property, and criminal mischief, and two counts of false impersonation of a peace officer. He was later released on $56,000 bond, the Baton Rouge Advocate newspaper reports.

The store Horsley allegedly targeted in Livingston Parish, Louisiana, is owned not by Muslims, but by Sikhs, who are often the targets of Islamophobic hate.

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Brief Summary Terrorist plot by militia group in Kansas thwarted

Detailed Description Federal investigators said Friday they stopped a domestic terrorism plot by a militia group that planned to detonate bombs at a Garden City apartment complex where a number of Somalis live.

Three southwest Kansas men were arrested and charged in federal court with domestic terrorism, Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said at a news conference in downtown Wichita.

More Informationhttp://www.kansas.com/news/local/crime/article108279072.html

Brief Summary Man Kills One, Injures Two Whom He Suspected Were Iranians

Detailed Description Less than five hours after a man shot up a Kansas bar, killing one Indian man and wounding two other people in an apparently racially motivated attack, an Applebee’s bartender 70 miles away made a 911 call.

The woman on the phone told the dispatcher that a man had come into her bar and told her he “had done something really bad and he was on the run from the police.”

The man wouldn’t tell her what he did but kept asking her to allow him to stay at her house. The bartender persisted, persuading him to tell her what happened. “He said he shot and killed two Iranian people in Olathe,” the bartender said.

She read the news and sure enough, noticed that a few hours earlier, a shooting had taken place in Olathe, a city about 20 miles southwest of Kansas City. Her 911 call, later released by a local television station, led authorities to locate Adam Purinton, 51, of Olathe, late Wednesday and take him into custody. The phone call recording supports witness statements that the bar shooter thought the two men, Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, were of Middle Eastern descent.

They were actually Indian nationals employed by the technology firm Garmin. They had received master’s degrees in the United States. Kuchibhotla died from his injuries Wednesday, and Madasani was released from the hospital the following day. An American who was wounded when he tried to intervene, Ian Grillot, remains hospitalized but continues to improve, doctors said.

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Brief Summary School District Apologizes After White Students Flash Trump Sign, Turn Backs On Black Players

Detailed Description A group of cowboy hat-clad high school students turned their backs and displayed a Donald Trump sign as the starting roster for a predominantly black basketball team was announced before a game in Missouri.

The pregame prank at Warrensburg High School occurred as the home team prepared for tipoff against the visiting Center High School Yellowjackets on Monday evening.

A Facebook video, viewed over 630,000 times by Thursday morning, shows a group of at least two dozen students with their backs turned to the court. Some of the students are wearing camo overalls and cowboy hats, and a Trump/Pence campaign sign can be seen held up among them.


“Let it be known how RACIST Warrensburg High School students are,” a caption read to the video, recorded by an attendee. “I’m appalled by the nonsense I’ve just witnessed with my own two eyes…If this was the Yellowjackets house, nothing but RESPECT would’ve been giving to these cowards.”

Warrensburg superintendent Scott Patrick condemned the Trump-tinged theatrics.

More Informationhttp://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/white-students-turn-backs-black-basketball-team-article-1.2911196

Brief Summary Attack on Milwaukee Muslim woman was a hate crime, local and national groups say

Detailed Description National and local Muslim civil rights and advocacy groups are calling for Milwaukee police to investigate as a hate crime an attack on a Muslim woman who says a man demanded she remove her hijab and beat her.

“You can’t get a clearer hate crime than this,” said Janan Najeeb, president of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition.

“This was not a robbery,” Najeeb said Wednesday. “There was an individual telling her to take her scarf off, ripped it off and started beating her up. This is clearly a hate crime.”

The woman, who has not been publicly identified, told a local TV station she was walking near S. 13th St. and W. Layton Ave. about 6 a.m. Monday when a car pulled alongside her and a man got out, demanding she take off her hijab, or head scarf.

The woman tried to fight him and “he threw me on the floor, then he beat me like an animal,” the woman told WITI-TV (Channel 6). The man drew a knife and slashed at her clothing, said the woman, who showed the cameras her bloodstained head scarf.

After the woman got home, she suffered a seizure and went to the hospital. She was released Tuesday.

More Informationhttp://www.jsonline.com/story/news/crime/2017/04/12/attack-milwaukee-muslim-woman-hate-crime-local-and-national-groups-say/100382500/

Brief Summary We’re Going to Kill All Of You

Detailed Description Three Fargoans, originally from Somalia, were stopped Tuesday evening outside of Walmart by a white woman from Mapleton and threatened while dozens of onlookers did nothing to intervene.

The women who were verbally attacked, Rowda Soyan, Sarah and Laleyla Hassan, were enjoying a day off from work when a blonde woman approached. Before they could enter the store around 5:30 p.m., the incident began, and video footage started halfway through the exchange.

“You’re a racist person, and I’m not going back to my country,” Soyan said in near-perfect English in the video.

“I’m an American,” the white woman, who later commented on Facebook about the Youtube video, said. According to the post her name is Amber Elizabeth Hensley, and she is a CPA for Horab & Wentz.

“What are you going to do?” Soyan said.

“We’re going to kill all of you, we’re going to kill every one of you fucking Muslims.”

“I am making a video and I am going to show it to the police,” Soyan said.

“Do you think the police care? Why are you in our country anyway?”

The incident marks the fifth such case this year, Hukun Abdullahi, co-founder of United African Youths, and founder of Afro American Development Association, said.

“It is happening, and I think this must be stopped,” Abdullahi said. “I don’t see any leaders condemning this issue. This will keep continuing.”

During the incident, people entering and exiting the Walmart on 13th Avenue stopped to watch, but no one tried to help.

“No one stood up for us, nobody even said a word, it was a scary moment for all of us,” Soyan said. “She went on and on, and it was really really scary. Out of nowhere, she just came and said those hateful words. It was an ‘Are you out of your mind’ moment?”

Soyan called police, and a report was made under case number 17-61490. Fargo Police were contacted for comment, but were not available.

“Her car had a Trump sign, and she said he’s the one who is going to send us back to our country,” Soyan said.

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Brief Summary Iowa Elementary School Vandalized With \”Trump\”, \”KKK\”

Detailed Description Muscatine police are investigating after racial slurs were spray-painted on McKinley Elementary School over the holiday weekend. The school was marred by derogatory words pertaining to the gay community and black people. The spray paint covered walls, windows and even playground equipment. Educators at McKinley say they were at a loss for words when they first heard about what happen to their school.

For school administrator Lori Shield, the derogatory words written on the side of the school were heartbreaking.

“What goes through my head is, how can anyone be that hateful.” said Shield, who’s been with the school for 11 years. “Especially at a school, where we’re teaching innocence and pride and respect.”

Shield says even though the words are gone now, the reality that the kids were exposed to hatred is what hurts the most.

“Very emotional, when I came around the building and saw the wording it hurt me a great deal, this building and the people in it are my family,” said Shields.

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Brief Summary Man Charged With Making Bomb Threats Against Jewish Community Centers

Detailed Description A former reporter for a news website was charged on Friday with making more than a half-dozen bomb threats against Jewish community centers, schools and a Jewish history museum, federal authorities said.

The man, Juan Thompson, 31, of St. Louis, made some of the threats using his own name and others implicating a former girlfriend as part of an effort to intimidate her, the authorities said in a federal complaint unsealed on Friday in Federal District Court in Manhattan.

In one threat, made on Feb. 1 against a Jewish school in Farmington Hills, Mich., the complaint says, Mr. Thompson claimed he had placed two bombs in the school and was “eager for Jewish newtown,” an apparent reference to the 2012 school massacre in Newtown, Conn., in which a gunman killed 20 students and six school employees.

More Informationhttp://www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2017/03/08/juan-thompson-committed-hateful-crime-to-destroy-young-woman-prosecutor-says

Brief Summary “You Wetbacks Need To Go Back To Mexico”: US Citizen Latino Students Harassed By Trump Supporters 

Detailed Description “There was a lot of rude and negative comments towards Latinos,” said Angelica Gomez, a sophomore at Kearns High School.

She said one particular comment really got to her.

Her sister, Aylin Gomez, a senior at Kearns High School, heard similar comments in the hallways, like: “Hey man, you get a free trip back to Mexico, you should be happy.”

“You wetbacks need to go back to Mexico,” Aylin says she heard another student say.

Both sisters are American citizens whose parents immigrated to the United States.

More Informationhttp://fox13now.com/2016/11/09/school-district-responds-after-utah-students-bullied-following-trump-victory/

Brief Summary A California waiter refused to serve 4 Latina women until he saw ‘proof of residency’

Detailed Description As the waiter walked up to the table, Carrillo figured she’d splurge on the grilled-cheese sandwich and pay the $2 up-charge to add some of the restaurant’s signature bacon. To start, maybe she’d share a watermelon and cheese plate with her sister and friends.

But the mood soured quickly after the waiter appeared. Before he could serve the four Latina women, he said, they needed to show proof of residency. “I need to make sure you’re from here,” he said.

Flummoxed, the four women handed over their IDs. But as what was happening sank in, they fumed. “I looked at my sister and [my friend], and I said, did he really just say that?”

A few moments later, they walked over to the manager and told him what had happened. He offered them a separate section and his business card to make things right — but they had already decided to leave.

Still livid a few hours later, Carrillo, a 24-year-old business analyst from Orange County, Calif., posted about the incident on Facebook:

“For a few seconds I thought maybe he was being a smart a– or joking but the fact that he said ‘I need to make sure you’re from here before I serve you’ was completely unacceptable.

How many others has he said this too? I hope this employee is reprimanded for his actions. No establishment should tolerate discriminatory actions from their employees. PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!”

People did. In a week, Carrillo’s post had been shared more than 600 times, and more than 100 people had posted comments.

Seeing the social media backlash, the restaurant’s management contacted Carrillo that Monday. They offered a VIP experience at the restaurant and pledged to donate 10 percent of the weekend’s proceeds to a nonprofit organization of the group’s choice. The four women declined the lavish meal, but asked that the restaurant donate the money to Orange County Immigrant Youth United.

More Informationhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/03/19/a-california-waiter-refused-to-serve-4-latina-women-until-he-saw-proof-of-residency/?utm_term=.79638ca954e8

Brief Summary Auburn man charged with hate crime for attacking Mexican neighbor

Detailed Description Prosecutors say an Auburn man became enraged when he found out a neighbor was from Mexico, threatening to blow her up and chasing her around her yard with a knife.

The Seattle Times reports Travis Senner threatened to blow up his neighbor and chased her around her yard with a knife.

Senner was charged last week with the hate crime of malicious harassment and assault in the March incident.

Charging papers say Senner, who is white, walked onto the victim’s property and asked where she was from, and when she replied “Mexico,” he yelled obscenities and told her to “go back to her country” then attacked her.

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Brief Summary Washington Woman charged With hate-crime After Trailing Latina Driver And Threatening To Ram Her Car

Detailed Description A King County woman was charged with a hate crime after allegedly posting a video on Facebook that prosecutors say shows her tailing a Hispanic woman in her car, railing against the other driver for having “Spanish privilege” and threatening to ram her vehicle.

Sandra Jametski, 48, of White Center, was has been held on $500,000 bail since early December, charged with malicious harassment, the state’s hate crime statute. Jametski is also known as Sandra Diann Huddleson.

King County prosecutors said Jametski followed a neighbor as the neighbor drove to her child’s school and that she recorded her racist rant on her phone.

“This person wrecked my car, lied to a frickin’ cop,” Jametski appears to say on the Facebook video. “You get a super good look everybody, this is what calls to be Spanish privileged in America.”

The video, which is being used as evidence in case, appears to record Jametski as her voice grows angrier and the dialogue becomes laced with obscenities as she claims that the driver caused an earlier crash.

“This is America. We don’t drive like that here. We don’t drive like you’re in Mexico, lady,” the woman said in the video before making remarks about citizenship and deportation.

Prosecutors said Jametski filmed the 10-minute video as she followed the woman on her usual 2½-mile drive to her son’s school. Once at the school parking lot, videos show Jametski getting out of her vehicle and angrily confronting the woman while still recording.

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Brief Summary Suspect in Portland Hate Crime Murders is a Known White Supremacist

Detailed Description The man accused of the brutal hate crime slayings of two people at the Hollywood Transit Center on Friday afternoon is a known local white supremacist.

Jeremy Christian, 35, was booked early Saturday morning on two aggravated murder charges, an attempted murder charge, two intimidation (hate crime) charges, and a felon in possession of a restricted weapon charge.

The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) reported that the man “was on the MAX train yelling various remarks that would be best characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions. At least two of the victims attempted to intervene with the suspect and calm him down. The suspect attacked the men, stabbing three, before leaving the train.”

Witnesses told the police that he was harassing two women who appear to be Muslim. One was described as wearing a hijab. One of the men he stabbed died at the scene, one was pronounced dead at a hospital, and one is expected to survive.

Christian is a known right wing extremist and white supremacist. On April 29, Christian showed up to the right-wing “March for Free Speech” on 82nd Avenue in Montavilla with a baseball bat in an attempt to assault left-wing protesters. The bat was quickly confiscated by Portland police officers. He ranted how he was a nihilist. He’d soon yelled racial slurs (“fuck all you n*****s”) and gave the Nazi salute throughout the day. He yelled “Hail Vinland” throughout the day.

A few Portland police officers on April 29 appeared to be familiar with Christian, but not threatened by him. They claimed he had a head injury and was mentally ill.

More Informationhttp://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2017/05/27/19041594/suspect-in-portland-hate-crime-murders-is-a-known-white-supremacist

Brief Summary Hate Crime Suspect: ‘Arab, You Need to Leave’

Detailed Description A man was arrested after an altercation at Al-Aqsa Restaurant on State Street in Salem.

Jason Kendall, 52, is accused of attacking a restaurant employee with a pipe and telling him to “go back to your country, terrorist,” court documents state.

According to the officer’s report, the victim said Kendall was yelling and screaming, causing a disturbance in the restaurant. The victim reportedly asked Kendall to leave, and he did. But he came back 5 minutes later yelling, “get out of America,” and ” Arab, you need to leave, a**hole.”

The victim said Kendall threw something plastic at him, hitting him in the head, according to court documents. Kendall then came at him with a pipe and allegedly used it to him over the head. The victim said it left a small bump on his head.

After he was arrested, Kendall told the officer he saw a “Saddam Hussein looking guy” and he believed a woman in the restaurant was a slave. He said he went inside to tell her she was “free to leave.”

Kendall said he also saw an “evil totem” with Arabic writing on it. He told police he threw the “totem” at the victim. He said the man in the restaurant had something in his hand under a napkin, which he thought was an ice pick. Kendall said he defended himself by hitting the man in the head with a metal pipe.

Kendall was charged with felony assault and unlawful use of a weapon and misdemeanor intimidation. According to the arresting officer’s statement, the incident is being considered a hate crime.

More Informationhttp://koin.com/2017/03/09/hate-crime-suspect-arab-you-need-to-leave/

Brief Summary Two Cops Were Fired After Allegedly Beating A Man And Calling Him A \”Fake American\”

Detailed Description Two rookie police officers in New Orleans were fired Wednesday after they allegedly beat up a Latino man and called him a “fake American.”

Spencer Sutton and John Galman were arrested and charged with simple battery following the incident that occurred at a bar on Tuesday when the two former New Orleans Police Department officers were off duty. They pleaded not guilty to charges after a court hearing on Wednesday. Their bond was set at $1,500 each.

An ongoing police investigation will determine whether they will face more serious charges. A police and FBI task force is “actively looking into whether this case meets the elements of a potential civil rights violation,” an NOPD spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.

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If the Deep State is out to get Trump, why aren’t more officials speaking up like Bolton?

If the Deep State is out to get Trump, why aren’t more officials speaking up like Bolton?
Ken Dilanian and Carol E. Lee and Courtney Kube and Abigail Williams

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Donald Trump and his allies have continually railed about how the “Deep State” of unelected national security bureaucrats has quietly worked to undermine the Trump presidency.

But the new allegations in a book by former national security adviser John Bolton turn that formulation on its head. If Bolton is to be believed — Trump calls him a liar — plenty of career diplomats, soldiers and spies kept quiet as they watched Trump abuse his office.

In Bolton’s telling, members of the so-called Deep State, including senior intelligence and defense officials, knew about actions by Trump that were unethical if not illegal — and said nothing. That would mean the press, the public, and House impeachment investigators were kept in the dark.

The reason more insiders didn’t speak out are complex, according to a former senior national security official who served for years in the Trump administration and faced the choice on a near daily basis. But broadly, the official said, unelected national security bureaucrats tend to give great deference to the president’s policy choices, and the line between bad decisions and abuse of office is not a clear one.

“Sometimes you ask yourself: Is that malfeasance, or is that just something so dumb that you know it’s not going to happen?” said the former official.

The American system of government “has developed to give the president tremendous leeway to set policy,” said John Gans, author of a book about the White House National Security Council. “Those in the executive branch are expected to kind of nod their heads and say, ‘Okay.’ There really isn’t a whistleblower system at the White House.”

Officials senior enough to be in meetings with the president don’t tend to use formal whistleblower channels anyway. Such people have long deployed anonymous leaks to the news media to flag decisions or behavior they deemed problematic. During the Trump administration, many current and former government officials have anonymously recounted startling episodes to journalists and authors, such as Trump providing classified information to Russian officials in the Oval Office, or his calling military leaders “losers” in reference to the war in Afghanistan. Once-senior officials, including former chief of staff John Kelly and former Defense Secretary James Mattis, have recently publicly questioned the president’s fitness for office, though their decisions to do so came long after they departed.

But Bolton makes a very specific case, alleging a pattern of behavior by Trump to use his presidential power in foreign affairs to further his private interests — exactly the charges in an impeachment proceeding narrowly focused on Ukraine. Bolton says the pattern went well beyond one country.

During face-to-face meetings, Trump asked the Chinese president to help get him re-elected, Bolton writes, and promised the Turkish president that he would “take care of” a Justice Department investigation deemed harmful to Turkey when he could replace Obama-appointed prosecutors with “his people.” If those exchanges happened, Bolton could not have been the only official aware of them. (Trump and one of the officials present at the summit with Chinese President Xi JinPing, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, dispute Bolton’s account.)

Bolton says Trump was willing to waive penalties on a Chinese firm, ZTE, to help with trade talks that he believed would help him politically. He writes of briefing Attorney General William Barr on Trump’s “penchant to, in effect, give personal favors to dictators he liked.”

Trump hasn’t spoken to the specifics, but he has denied exploiting his office for personal gain.

Bolton also asserts that people across the government knew that the central premise of the impeachment case against Trump was true — that the president indeed had conditioned aid to Ukraine on that government’s willingness to do him a political favor by announcing an investigation into his opponent, an allegation of quid pro quo that Trump denies.

“I think Secretary [of State Mike] Pompeo understood,” Bolton said this week to ABC News. “I think the Pentagon understood. I think the intelligence community understood. I think people in the White House understood.”

Yet in the end, only a handful of national security officials were willing to testify to that during impeachment proceedings. Only one — the whistleblower — came forward voluntarily, before the process began. Spokespersons for the CIA, Director of National Intelligence and State Department declined to comment.

In his book, Bolton faults House impeachment managers for failing to investigate Trump’s “ham-handed involvement in other matters — criminal and civil, international and domestic — that should not properly be subject to manipulation by a president for personal reasons (political, economic, or any other).” He calls that “impeachment malpractice.”

That criticism sidesteps the fact that the impeachment inquiry was kicked off when a lone junior CIA officer decided to file a written complaint to an inspector general about Trump’s alleged extortion of Ukraine. No similar whistleblowing efforts have come to light about Trump’s conduct with China or Turkey.

Bolton himself kept quiet for nearly two years, declining to testify in the impeachment hearing. He seeks to justify that by arguing that Democrats mishandled impeachment proceedings and that his testimony in the Senate wouldn’t have changed anything.

Critics are unconvinced.

“I think what Bolton did was shameful,” said Brian Katullis, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank. “He sat on this information for two years so he could write a book.”

If others besides Bolton are uncomfortable with what they have witnessed inside the Trump White House, why haven’t they come forward with specifics?

Look no further than what has happened to the few who have done so, experts say. Lawyers for the CIA whistleblower said publicly that he had to be protected by a security detail after the president and his Republican allies called him a traitor and a spy. Trump allies in Congress sought to put his name into the public record.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who testified against Trump during the impeachment hearings, was dismissed from his job at the White House, has found his promotion to full colonel in limbo as the Pentagon worries the White House will oppose it, two defense officials told NBC News.

“You see what happens to the people who speak up,” said the former senior national security official.

“This whistleblower followed the law every step of the way and look at what they got for it,” said Liz Hempowicz, director of public policy at the Project on Government Oversight, a good government advocacy group. Hempowicz says the already weak federal whistleblower system has disintegrated under Trump, noting that the board that rules on employee disputes with management has never had enough members to make such rulings during the Trump administration.

But even for those with courage enough to brave the personal repercussions, there often is another dilemma: Whether they can do more good by truth-telling or remaining in their jobs.

“Clearly people made calculations: Do you want to keep serving a president and keep our institutions intact? Or does behavior that’s so outlandish cause you to resign and report it?” said Marc Polymeropoulos, a retired CIA officer who served in senior agency roles during the first part of the Trump administration.

“There was a lot of angst about POTUS interactions with any head of state — foreign visits or phone calls,” he said.

CIA Director Gina Haspel, for one, is seen by former colleagues and Congressional observers as someone who is trying at all costs to remain at the helm of a powerful spy agency that she believes could suffer severe damage in the wrong hands.

“Thankfully, CIA has remained stable in this and that will be Gina’s legacy,” Polymeropoulos said.

Haspel was criticized for failing to speak out when Trump was bashing the CIA’s Ukraine whistleblower. But she appears to have helped defuse what has been an extremely contentious relationship between Trump and the intelligence community.

“Haspel has figured out how to not to p*** off the president and keep the agency from running off the rails,” added a Congressional aide who works on intelligence matters. “Everyone recognizes it’s a very difficult position she is in.”

Haspel’s general counsel made what she believed was a criminal referral after the CIA whistleblower brought his complaints to her, but the agency avoided becoming entangled in the impeachment proceedings. That’s in part because Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the intelligence committee chair who presided over impeachment in the House, believed it was important to keep the intelligence agencies away, as much as possible, from what turned into a vicious partisan battle, according to a person familiar with his thinking. He wanted to keep the focus on the president’s alleged abuse of office, the person said.

But if Bolton is correct that Trump broadly sought to leverage foreign policy for political gain, it’s hard to imagine the intelligence agency leaders did not become aware of it. They not only sit in high-level White House meetings — they spy on foreign officials who discuss what the American government is saying and doing.

“If the CIA learns of something that is an illegal act by a government official, it has an obligation to forward that information to the Department of Justice,” said former CIA Director John Brennan, an NBC News contributor. “If it’s an issue of ethics and appropriateness and one’s moral compass, then it’s more of a personal choice. Fortunately, as director, I never had to make this choice.”

It’s difficult from the outside to judge how senior officials are dealing with the turmoil inside the Trump administration, said John McLaughlin, a former deputy CIA director who served under Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

“What you’re going to get when this administration is over is a tidal wave of memoirs, the theme of which will be, ‘You don’t know how much worse it would have been if I hadn’t been there,'” he said.

“The question is, at what point are you enabling it more so than preventing bad things from happening?”

But Trump is Not A Racist: Trump Retweets Racist Video Showing Supporter Yelling ‘White Power’

Trump Retweets Racist Video Showing Supporter Yelling ‘White Power’
By Michael D Sheer
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President Trump on Sunday retweeted a video of one of his supporters yelling “White power!,” once again using the vast reach of his social media platforms to inflame racial divisions in a nation roiled by weeks of protests about police brutality against black people and demands for social justice reforms.

The edited racist video shows a white man riding in a golf cart bearing “Trump 2020” and “America First” signs during what appears to be an angry clash over the president and race between white residents of a Florida retirement community. Mr. Trump deleted the tweet more than three hours after posting it.

In response to a protester shouting “Where’s your white hood?” and other taunts, the man in the golf cart pumps his fist in the air and says “White power!” twice. The two-minute video continues to show profane exchanges between protesters and other Trump supporters riding on more golf carts.

The president retweeted the video to his millions of followers just after 7:30 a.m., thanking “the great people of The Villages,” the Florida retirement community where the clash apparently took place. He added: “The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!!!”

The tweet was widely criticized as racist and insensitive, and again demonstrated the president’s willingness use social media to amplify some of the most hateful commentary of some of his followers, even at a moment of national unrest.

Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, the only black Republican senator, called the video “offensive” and asked Mr. Trump to take it off his Twitter page.

“There is no question he should not have retweeted it, and he should just take it down,” Mr. Scott said on the CNN program “State of the Union.” “We can play politics with it or we can’t. I’m not going to. I think it’s indefensible. We should take it down.”

Mr. Trump deleted it less than an hour after Mr. Scott’s comments, but he did not condemn the “white power” statement or specifically disavow the sentiment expressed by his supporter.

Judd Deere, a White House spokesman, said Mr. Trump “is a big fan of The Villages.”

“He did not hear the one statement made on the video,” Mr. Deere said. “What he did see was tremendous enthusiasm from his many supporters.”

John R. Bolton, the former national security adviser who just released a scathing book about Mr. Trump, said on Sunday that the president’s inattention to detail made it possible that he did not notice the racist comments.

“He doesn’t pay attention to a lot of things,” Mr. Bolton said on “State of the Union.” “It’s entirely possible that he tweeted this video because he saw the sign, I think it was in the first go-kart that said the Trump 2020 or something like that. That’s all he needed to see. Not paying attention. Not considering all the implications of information he gets.”

But Mr. Bolton added, “It may be that you can draw a conclusion that he heard it, and it was racist, and he tweeted it to promote the message. It’s a legitimate conclusion to draw.”

Either way, the president’s initial decision to approvingly share the blatant support for white supremacy was the latest example of his willingness to use his vast Twitter following to inject incendiary commentary into the ongoing debate in the country over systemic racism.

In May, as protests erupted after the killing of George Floyd, a black man, by a Minneapolis police officer, Mr. Trump tweeted, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” a phrase with a long history of connection to racism.

More recently, Mr. Trump has used his Twitter feed to attack protesters who have pulled down statues of Confederate generals, calling them “arsonists, anarchists, looters, and agitators.” On Saturday night, he tweeted out 15 “wanted” posters for people the U.S. Park Police were seeking in connection with vandalism in Lafayette Square, just outside the White House.

The video on Sunday — which could not be independently verified by The New York Times — appeared to show a slow-moving parade through the Florida community with supporters of Mr. Trump riding golf carts, wearing red, white and blue, and displaying pro-Trump materials.

Protesters lined the street, many of them screaming epithets, accusing the Trump supporters of being racists and holding signs calling the president a bigot.

In his tweet, Mr. Trump did not specifically refer to the man who yelled “white power.” But his reference to “the great people of The Villages” was an eerie echo of his comments in the summer of 2017, when he responded to deadly violence by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., by saying there were “very fine people on both sides.”

Joseph R. Biden Jr., the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, invoked the president’s comments about Charlottesville in response to the video on Sunday.

“We’re in a battle for the soul of the nation — and the President has picked a side,” Mr. Biden tweeted.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly denied that he was expressing support for white supremacy with his “both sides” comment. But the tweet on Sunday underscores what has become a hallmark of his presidency since he took office: a willingness to embrace divisive comments when they are coming from people he perceives to be his supporters.

The president has routinely retweeted far-right messages and a conspiracy theory known as QAnon, which includes people who believe that a “deep state” in the government is filled with satanic pedophiles. Mr. Trump once retweeted VB Nationalist, an anonymous account that has promoted a hoax about top Democrats worshiping the Devil and engaging in child sex trafficking.

“I’ve been retweeted by the President of the United States, President Trump!” the author of the anonymous account tweeted at the time.

An analysis of Mr. Trump’s Twitter account by The New York Times at the end of last year found that the president had retweeted at least 145 unverified accounts that had pushed conspiracy, racist or other fringe content, including more than two dozen that were later suspended by Twitter.

Recently, Twitter has begun to crack down directly on Mr. Trump’s feed, posting warnings on some of his messages. In May, when the president tweeted about shooting following looting, the company added a statement to the post.

“This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible,” the company wrote. Later, when the president warned that efforts by protesters to set up an “autonomous zone” in Washington, D.C., would be “met with serious force!,” Twitter put up a similar message and blocked it from being retweeted.

The quick deletion of the video on Sunday was a rare instance in which Mr. Trump backed down in the face of criticism. His previous tweets have remained online despite the company’s online warnings.

Trump, Kristo Kracker Krazies and Trumpturds want to Boogaloo? Let’s Boogie then

To the haters, the takers, the liars, all the vultures and the bottom feeding scum
The FCC, the FBI and every tin god with a badge and a gun
You talk and talk, you preach and bitch but your words don’t mean a thing
You get what you give, you give what you get
Just the way it’s always been

I choose death before dishonor
I’d rather die than live down on my knees
Bury me like a soldier, with my dignity!

This is why Trump, his Kristo Kracker Krazies and Trumpturds FEAR Anti-Fascists.

You imitate the ostracized, put your head beneath the sand
Your cup it runneth over, must be rough to live so grand
You reap what you sew, you pay what you owe unless you bathe yourself in greed
You rob and you take, your world is fake
There’s no honor amongst the thieves

I choose death before dishonor
I’d rather die than live down on my knees
Bury me like a soldier, with my dignity!

Fuck!
You’re self righteous, self pretentious
Your ways are not for me
You’re deluded, so confused
Your world I dominate

I choose death before dishonor
I’d rather die than live down on my knees
Bury me like a soldier…

Since a real President, Barack Obama was elected? Trumpturds and Taliban Kristo Kracker Krazies have been promoting either a Civil War or a race war called a Boogaloo. Time for them to put up or shut the fuck up

Don’t you all get sick and tired of these troglodyte Trumpturds and Taliban Kristo Kracker Krazies spewing from their well used outhouse pieholes how they want to start a race war and take over the country and install their Fascist Kristo Kracker Krazie Turd Reich upon us all. For almost 12 years straight? We have heard these generational inbred, farm animal fucking, twisted pieces of shit, who think they are supreme to all the rest of us, spew how they are going to rise up and take over. Their Civil War for Traitor Trump, or their Boogaloo for their White KKKunts.

They parade around our streets dressed up in their finest garb for war, but put most of these Gi Joe wanna be punks on a real battlefield? With real bullets and bombs taking them out? They would piss and shit their diapers and run like the little bitches they actually are.

Sure, these punks, these mental midget morons are “brave”. When they attack a single person, in a group? The sure are brave huh? Or when they hide in the shadows and shoot some unarmed person. Or run over a group of them in a crowd. Yeah, they sure are real “tough guys”, terrorizing basically defenseless people. But again? Let the odds be even and these pussies for Trump? With people blowing the heads off of the punks next to them? Or seeing their fucking retarded friends running screaming in flames as napalm or other similar weapons take out whole groups of them? Trust me, these punks will be the real snowflakes they are and surrender.

That is what my father always taught me. Stand up to bullies like these Trumpturds and Kristo Kracker Krazies. They are basically punks, scared of their own shadows, and to try to make up for their being real pussies? They do all they can to act tough. But you stand up to a bully and kick his ass? They learn not to fuck with you. And so? I started to kick bullies asses who picked on me, on my loved ones and my friends. I knocked the teeth out of one bully for biting my sister and friends. I buried a fucking fork in the forearm of one bully trying to steal my lunch. I beat one bully so fucking bad at the boarding school I went to for trying to steal my money he actually left the school and had to have around $30,000 worth of surgery to repair the damage I did to his punk bully face. I beat the hell out of a misogynist pig punk who thought it was his right to beat the shit out of a woman in the middle of the street. This is what you do to bully punks like these Trumpturds and Kristo Kracker Krazies pushing this Civil War and Boogaloo shit. You give them right back what they put forth and then? You watch these pussies, these punk bullies fold like the bitches they are. And? They hate it when you throw their hate, their bigotry, their insanity right back into their faces either.

Yeah, they do truly think they are tough. And yeah, some of these twisted Trumpturds are psychotically dangerous. But a full frontal lobotomy from a 50 cal Desert Eagle will take care of the problem. Or a whole group of these scumbags being doused with napalm and lit up like one of their racist crosses they light up as they have a fucking circle jerk dancing around their cross in their pointy hats and white dresses to swallow each others jizz as they jerk off for their heroes Hitler and Trump.

These assholes parade on our streets, dressed in their finest battle gear, flak jackets, helmets, and of course? Their small dick replacements. Thinking they are absolutely bad ass. Here is the funny thing though. In a real war? We give no fucking mercy. So you wear a bullet proof jacket? So what. Your legs and micro balls are exposed and we will not be wasting bullets on shooting center mass or head shots. No bitches, we will take your legs out first and then finish you punks off with full frontal lobotomies and I know a few people who will love using their Nazi head busting Louisville’s to bust your heads open.

I mean come on, look at what we will be fighting. Punks, who think because they play Call of Duty video games that makes them tough. Or because they hang out with their generational inbred butt buddies for a weekend shooting off their big, bad guns at their “KristoTaliban Traitor Training Camps”, that also makes them bad asses. But again? There is one huge difference between being at a gun gallery shooting off your gun and being on a real battlefield with people shooting back at you.

Most of these fuckers think the are part of the Master Race? Really? What master race is that? Generational inbreds? Daughter fucking? Flying flags of loser armies? Well they are masters at circle jerks that is for sure. Most of these punks dropped out of second grade home schooling cause they knocked up their teachers, or got knocked up by their teachers and daddy had to marry them off to their mommies, or uncles had to marry them off to their daddies, in shotgun weddings. Can’t you hear their theme song of Dueling Banjos playing now? This has to be a fucking family portrait of inbreds, really. I mean they sure do fit the neanderthal troglodyte stage of evolution. Well they never evolved in the first place, they just crawled out of the assholes of the amoebas, eating the shit from other ameobas asses in their well used outhouses they live in and call home.

Yeah basically? This is the bulk, and I do mean BULK of Traitor Trump’s army. For real. Most of these Trumpturds could not follow Commander Bone Spurs up Pork Chop Hill on the 9th green of Mar-A-Largo golf course. Most of these fucks could not walk a half a block in full battle gear without crying for their mommies to change their diapers.

Again? These fucking morons? NEVER read their hero Hitler’s ideology on what the Master Race and Aryan Nation was.

Adolf Hitler thought that people of Northern European descent were a superior race to all others known as the Aryan Race. Throughout World War 2 his goal was for that perfect race known as the “Übermensch” which translates as “Super Man”. Their goal was to wipe out those of not pure Aryan descent or the “Untermensch” which translates as “Sub-Human”. Because Hitler believed people such as Jews to be impure, he killed many of them in his quest for utopia. He also believed that the reason that the Germans lost World War I was that the German race had been weakened due to the inter-marriage of Übermensch and Untermensch.

The idea of the “Master Race” came from a 19th century theory which claimed that there was a hierarchy of races. The bottom of that hierarchy included dark-skinned people and Jews. In the middle were the Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Italians who were considered semi-tainted by mixing with the Untermensch. The top of the hierarchy were Germans, Swedes, Icelanders, Norwegians, Danes, English, and Dutch who were considered the Aryans. From a leaflet ‘The Nazi Race’ in 1929 “The Aryan race is tall, long legged, slim. The race is narrow-faced, with a narrow forehead, a narrow high-built nose and a lower jaw and prominent chin the skin is rosy bright and the blood shines through ….. the hair is smooth, straight or wavy – possibly curly in childhood. The colour is blond.”

In order to get a pure race, Hitler created a selective human breeding program called the Lebensborn program. He made breeding facilities where Aryan women were recruited to have children with S.S. soldiers. Any German man who wanted to be part of the program had to prove that he was in perfect physical condition and is “racially pure” as far back as the year of 1750. Marriages between those of the Aryans and those who weren’t was considered a major crime. The Lebensborn program produced more the 42,000 babies before it was closed down in 1944. The Germans also captured Aryans from conquered countries which surrounded them. From just Poland, they kidnapped 200,000 Aryan children.

To be considered of the Aryan Race in Hitler’s eyes you didn’t just have to have blonde hair and blue eyes but you needed to be physically fit. The Lebensborn  program required male applicants to be at least 6 ft. tall near the end of it. Hitler thought people who were 6 ft.6 in. and taller as the highest creed of the  Übermensch and called them “Hünenmensch” and considered them to be the closest relatives to the original Germanic warrior tribes.

Nazi soldiers with that tribute were given a special medal called the Hünenkreuz and instant promotion to the status of S.S. officer. People who had the trait of gigantism were not considered as one of these special Germans because they grow abnormally tall due to a defective pituitary gland.

For every imperfect person with a disease or religion that Hitler didn’t like he killed them equaling an unimaginable amount of deaths just for the ideal human. Today people are still searching for the Aryans but we all know as a fact that these “perfect people” (or at least Hitler’s Aryans) were just perfect in the body not the mind. So for now humans will continue to be imperfect and I doubt we will ever find the true Aryans which Hitler thought he had found. It is as Miley Cyrus once said ,”Nobody’s perfect.”

From Hitler’s Aryan Race-Hitler’s German Society: The Aryan Race

https://hitlersgermansociety.weebly.com/hitlers-aryan-race.html

If you white supremacist Trumpturd rejects of humanity want to get on your knees and suck the dick of your failed loser hero Hitler, who would have sent each and every one of you mongrel mutts to his death camps? Then have at it. You Trumpturd mental midget morons want to give up your life for Traitor Trump? Commander Bone Spurs who does not give one flying fuck about you, just like Hitler would not give one flying fuck about you? If you want to fucking die for the Kristo Kunt Kracker Talibans like Jim Jeffress, Paula Jones, Franklin Graham, Jim Bakker, Jerry Falwell Jr and the rest of the Fascist KristoTalibans?

THEN DROP YOUR FUCKING MICRONUTS AND POP OFF AND START YOUR BOOGALOO BULLSHIT. CAUSE WE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF YOU MENTAL MIDGET MORON MOTOR MOUTH HUMMINGBIRD ASSES RUNNING YOUR MOCKINGBIRD MOUTHS SPEWING HOW YOU ARE THE TRUE PATRIOTS OF THIS COUNTRY. GO FUCK YOURSELF, TRUE PATRIOTS? DO NOT FUCKING FLY THE FLAGS OF COUNTRIES WHO WERE OUR ENEMIES, OR FLAGS OF LOSER ARMIES WHO WERE FASCIST PIGS LIKE YOU ARE TODAY. TRYING TO DO THE SAME BULLSHIT THEY DID. AND ALL THREE TIMES YOU PUNK ASSED TRODLOGYTE KUNTS BROUGHT YOUR RACIST, THINK YOU ARE SUPREMACIST RACE HEADS OUT OF YOUR DEEP DARK CAVES OF HATE AND BIGOTRY AND MISOGYNY? ANTIFASCISTS WERE THERE TO KICK YOUR ASSES AND SEND YOU BACK INTO YOUR DEEP DARK CAVES. AND YOU PUNKS REALLY THINK THESE CHRISTOTALIBANS AND TRAITOR TRUMP IS GONNA STAND BEHIND YOU ALL? ARE YOU FUCKING NUTS?

SO AGAIN, YOU WANT TO FUCKING DIE FOR TRUMP? FOR HITLER? FOR THESE KRISTO KUNT KRACKER TALIBANS? THEN FUCKING DROP YOUR NUTS AND POP OFF.

THEN? YOU WILL MEET THE TRUE PATRIOTS OF THIS COUNTRY, ANTIFA, WHO YOU ARE ALL FUCKING SCARED OF IN THE FIRST PLACE, AND WE WILL WIPE YOU OFF THE FACE OF THE FUCKING EARTH THIS TIME.

YOU TRUMPTURD KRISTOKUNTS WANT A WAR? BRING IT THE FUCK ON OR SHUT YOUR FUCKING WELL USED OUTHOUSE PIEHOLES AND GO CRAWL BACK INTO YOUR CAVES YOU FUCKING TROGLODYTES FOR TRAITOR TRUMP.

OR HAVE YOUR FUCKING WILLS WRITTEN OUT AND KISS GOODBYE TO YOUR SISTER/WIVES OR DADDY/HUSBANDS, CAUSE THE NEXT TIME THEY SEE YOUR ASS? WE WILL BE SENDING YOU BACK TO THEM, GIFT WRAPPED, IN A FUCKING BODY BAG.

Trump campaign ads with Nazi symbols — Your NZ

I had seen mentions of this story and thought it may have been a but over blown, but on looking at it in more detail it looks more bizarre and more concerning than I had thought. RNZ: Facebook pulls Trump re-election ad featuring ‘Nazi’ symbolism Facebook has removed ads from Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign […]

Trump campaign ads with Nazi symbols — Your NZ

White nationalist group posing as antifa called for violence on Twitter

White nationalist group posing as antifa called for violence on Twitter
Some of the posts feature a screenshot of a tweet by a fake antifa Twitter account that Twitter said was created by the white nationalist group Identity Evropa.

By Ben Collins, Brandy Zadrozny and Emmanuelle Saliba

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/twitter-takes-down-washington-protest-disinformation-bot-behavior-n1221456

A Twitter account claiming to belong to a national “antifa” organization and pushing violent rhetoric related to ongoing protests has been linked to the white nationalist group Identity Evropa, according to a Twitter spokesperson.

The spokesperson said the account violated the company’s platform manipulation and spam policy, specifically the creation of fake accounts. Twitter suspended the account after a tweet that incited violence.

As protests were taking place in multiple states across the U.S. Sunday night, the newly created account, @ANTIFA_US, tweeted, “Tonight’s the night, Comrades,” with a brown raised fist emoji and “Tonight we say ‘F— The City’ and we move into the residential areas… the white hoods…. and we take what’s ours …”

This isn’t the first time Twitter has taken action against fake accounts engaged in hateful conduct linked to Identity Evropa, according to the spokesperson.

The antifa movement — a network of loosely organized radical groups who use direct action to fight the far-right and fascism — has been targeted by President Donald Trump as the force behind some of the violence and property destruction seen at some protests, though little evidence has been provided for such claims.

Other misinformation and misleading claims spread across Twitter on Sunday night and into Monday related to the protests.

Two hashtags that trended worldwide on Twitter falsely claimed that there was a “cover-up” or a “blackout” of protests in Washington, D.C., overnight. Both appeared to insinuate that protesters have been silenced in some way, perhaps by a secret internet blackout.

Twitter says it has removed the trend from its “trending topics” section because of “coordinated attempts to disrupt the public conversation” around the protests.

Twitter said it suspended several hundred accounts and is investigating the viral spread of the hashtag, which it said was boosted by “hundreds of spammy accounts.”

“We’re taking action proactively on any coordinated attempts to disrupt the public conversation around this issue,” a Twitter spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said the company sometimes pulls down hashtags that violate the company’s rules, like platform manipulation.

“We want trends to promote healthy discussions on Twitter. This means that at times, we may prevent certain content from trending. These include trends that violate the Twitter Rules,” the Twitter spokesperson said.

NetBlocks, a nonprofit group monitoring worldwide internet access, found no indication of a mass-scale internet disruption in the Washington area overnight or in the last 48 hours.

Journalists covering the protests also took to Twitter to disprove the hoax.

“A lot of people are asking me about a possible #dcblackout. I’ve been out near the White House since 4 am and haven’t experienced any outage,” tweeted Victoria Sanchez, a reporter for WJLA, the local ABC affiliate, adding that her colleagues had posted multiple updates throughout the night.

Many accounts tweeting the message had few to no followers. The same messages were also posted on Reddit and 4chan late Sunday. The posts pushing the #DCBlackout hashtag peaked in popularity around 12:30 a.m. ET Monday.

A second narrative boosted by bots and hacked accounts claimed that #DCBlackout is a misinformation campaign. The same message was tweeted verbatim by multiple accounts.

“Yeah…… as someone seeing #dcblackout trending, who lives and works in the DC metro area, and who has friends telecommuting into DC rn….. This hashtag looks like misinformation,” read the tweet, which was posted hundreds of times.

Some accounts had few to no followers, while other tweets were posted by users who claim to have been hacked.

One verified Twitter user, Jason Elia, said his account was hacked to tweet the message. Elia lives in Oklahoma City and said he wouldn’t go to Washington “unless they build an In-N-Out there.” He said he has since changed his password

The goal of the hashtag seems to be to sow confusion and fear during a chaotic time and to push the #DCBlackout hashtag to the front page of Twitter, where all users would at least glance at the disinformation.

Josh Russell, an independent bot researcher who identifies foreign and domestic hacking and trolling operations, said events like the weekend’s protests are ripe for this kind of platform manipulation.

“Any large ‘online’ event is going to have these types of things happen. Every bad actor that sees the opportunity to create some panic is going to leverage the situation to do so. It’s nothing new,” Russell said.

Off Twitter, viral text messages of screenshots of doctored tweets have circulated throughout the country. Some of the false text messages claim that extremist groups are plotting to move into residential areas this week.

Bot researchers call this kind of disinformation distribution “hidden viral” text messages, which go undetected on mainstream platforms like Facebook and Twitter and can spread like wildfire without moderation.

Similar “hidden viral” text messages went viral at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., with messages claiming that the institution of martial law was imminent, vaguely citing friends or co-workers.

American officials later claimed that the texts were boosted by Chinese disinformation agents to spread panic.

Russell said hostile foreign governments frequently “look at opportunities to make it seem as though there is an infrastructure failure” during times of crisis.

“This is a common thing for foreign disinformation agents,” Russell said. “They would be trying to get people to believe that things are much worse on the ground than they are.”