Wajahat Ali, contributing opinion writer at the New York Times, told CNN Friday that the New Zealand mosque shooter was motivated by the “white genocide” conspiracy theory — which has been mainstreamed here in the United States by the Republican Party.
“What we’re witnessing around the world is the death rattle of white supremacy that has become the death march of white supremacy,” Ali said. “This is a globalized ideology of supremacy that believes that white people, whoever represents white people, are superior and they have a shared fear and conspiracy theory, something called the ‘white genocide’ or the ‘great replacement’, which says that Jews are the head of this cabal that are trying to weaken an trying to subordinate the white race through the savages.”
Ali said the mosque shooter wasn’t the first to use the “language of invasion”, citing prior anti-immigrant, anti-Islamic mass shootings in Norway and Quebec, and slammed the Republican Party for its role in promoting the ideology.
“This has been mainstreamed by Republican elected officials such as Congressman Steve King who have sworn by the replacement theory,” Ali said. “He’s tweeted about it, that ‘we cannot replace our civilization with their babies.’”
“Donald Trump in the midterm elections in 2018, when he’s promoting the anti-Semitic conspiracy of George Soros, the Hungarian Jewish-American billionaire, allegedly funding the caravan of rapists and criminals and Middle Eastern suspects, who are coming here to invade us, that language sounds very similar to the language used in this manifesto,” he went on.
“That’s why there’s a link here. There’s a reason why the number one domestic terror threat in America, according to the FBI are these white supremacists,” Ali continued. “It’s the number one domestic terror threat in the number of plots and we have to call it what it is: an act of domestic terrorism making all our communities unsafe.”
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Fiona Hill’s attorney rips the administration: Trump ‘co-opted’ US foreign policy for his own ends
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," National Security Council official Fiona Hill's attorney, Ambassador Lee Wolosky, broke down the implications of his client's testimony.
"The phrase that she used to describe [E.U. Ambassador Gordon] Sondland's mission, a 'domestic political errand,' a lot of people have said that was a big takeaway from today, that sort of encapsulated what was going on here," said Cooper. "Does she agree?"
"Well, yeah," said Wolosky. "As she testified to, I think that what she began to notice is that, in fact, this really wasn't an irregular or shadow foreign policy effort, as some people have called it. It was actually domestic politics. She was doing national security, as were others, and foreign policy, and Sondland and Giuliani were taking steps to advance the political interests of the president. And I think that what she crystallized is how pernicious it can be when our national security and when our foreign policy decision making is basically co-opted or held hostage to the individual political interests of one individual."
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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," political analyst Gloria Borger suggested that President Donald Trump may just decide to cut his losses on the Ukraine scandal and blame his attorney Rudy Giuliani for any wrongdoing.
"I think at this point maybe Trump needs a fall guy," said Borger. "Rudy Giuliani is the fall guy here. He's the guy who was meddling in everything. Everybody who testified seemed to make it very clear that Rudy Giuliani was doing this at the direction of the president of the United States. I think Gordon Sondland said that, what, 20 times yesterday at the direction of the president, so it's clear Rudy Giuliani wasn't freelancing, but maybe the president feels that he needs him right now."
Trump officials could not have been ‘completely clueless’ about what he was doing: CNN correspondent
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," White House correspondent Abby Phillip highlighted how Fiona Hill's testimony made the claim by other officials that they weren't aware of the scheme to extort dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden from Ukraine much less plausible.
"The idea Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election is completely unfounded," said Phillip. "This is important because it puts in context some of the other testimony we heard ... from Ambassador [Kurt] Volker and another top NSC official, Tim Morrison, who replaced Fiona Hill, that the conspiracy theory was a legitimate function of the government, it was okay for President Trump to seek that kind of investigation, was perfectly normal to them. And it wasn't until they learned 'Burisma' equaled 'Biden' they learned there was something weird or nefarious going on."