The former chair of the Republican National Committee predicted that President Donald Trump was unhappy that the FBI arrested alleged white nationalist Christopher Hasson.
“The defendant is a domestic terrorist bent on committing acts dangerous to human life that are intended to affect government conduct,” federal prosecutors alleged in court filings.
Hasson is being held pending the filing of additional charges.
“There is an intent to murder innocent citizens; advocate for white nation; he was doing searches for plotting terror attacks on his government computer while at work; also searched Unabomber and Breveik manifestos,” federal prosecutors said during an arraignment hearing.
Former RNC Chair Michael Steele joined Nicolle Wallace’s panel on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” to discuss Trump’s comments on the case.
Trump had not commented publicly until he was asked about it on Friday by NBC News chief White House correspondent Hallie Jackson.
“Do you think you bear any responsibility for monitoring your language when it comes to that,” Jackson began.
“No, I don’t,” Trump interrupted. “I think my language is very nice.”
Steele was not surprised.
“On this one, why would we be surprised a self-proclaimed nationalist would not speak out against a self-proclaimed white nationalist?” Steele asked.
“These are his people,” Steele noted. “And he’s not going to thank law enforcement because he’s probably not happy about what law enforcement did.”
“You have communities of color, you have communities across this country, that are concerned about whether or not this president is interested in protecting their interests,” he noted.