What does it take to get President Donald Trump’s attention? Last week, the FBI arrested U.S. Coast Guard officer and white nationalist Christopher Paul Hasson for alleged domestic terrorism. Searching his Maryland home, they discovered an alarming stash of illegal drugs and weapons, along with evidence of a plot to murder Democratic politicians and journalists. On his computer, an e-mail draft was found that read in part, “Liberalist/globalist ideology is destroying traditional peoples esp white. No way to counteract without violence.”
Despite this being a national news story about a plot of assassination and terrorism, Trump has not tweeted about it.
Last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the cutting comedian called out the president, saying “(Hasson) is a homicidal, racist monster serving in our military. But don’t worry, the commander-in-chief slapped him down with a savage tweet of nothing.”
This morning, the White House did offer a response to the Hasson news. It was lies.
After arrest of Coast Guard lieutenant, who allegedly amassed weapons and compiled list of Democratic lawmakers and journalists, Sarah Sanders says Pres. Trump hasn't "at any point" done anything "but condemn violence, against journalists or anyone else." https://t.co/vD1SnbtLMf pic.twitter.com/JO6LCpexIm— ABC News (@ABC) February 22, 2019
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the press, “I certainly don’t think the president at any point has done anything but condemn violence against journalists or anyone else. In fact, every single time something like this happens, the president is typically one of the first people to condemn the violence and the media is the first people to blame the president. We should all join together and start condemning the violence, whether it’s against members of the media, whether it’s against Democrats, Republicans.”
Perhaps like Kevin Hart, Sanders doesn’t realize how easy it is to use Twitter’s search function. Here’s what you get when you search Trump’s Twitter feed for “enemy of the people,” his recurring moniker for the media coverage he doesn’t like.
Notably, the ones from October of 2018 came just days after CNN was sent a bomb in the mail. Still, the White House claims the president does not promote violence against the journalists he doggedly calls “enemies.” Sanders even insists he is the first to denounce such violence, despite him having made no public statement about the Hasson case.
Here’s the search for “Christopher Paul Hasson” and “Christopher Hasson:”
Searching “Hasson” turned up this self-promoting tweet to a now deleted account:
While Trump has tweeted a lot about “terrorism”, he’s never tweeted “domestic terrorism.”
But he did find time to tweet this:
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