President Donald Trump was slammed for refusing to use the term “white supremacist terrorism” following the attacks on Mosques in New Zealand that left fifty people dead.
CNN anchor Ana Cabrera recounted how terrorism by white nationalists is on the rise in America and around the world.
“Trump is about what helps him personally and politically he needs white supremacists,” SiriusXM host Dean Obeidallah explained. “It’s worse than him not condemning it, he has ginned it up in this country.”
Cabrera asked CNN national correspondent Sara Sidner what white nationalists hear in Trump’s words.
“It’s pretty clear — what they hear is support,” Sidner noted.
“Even though, every now and then, the president will condemn the actions of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, white supremacists — there’s always a hesitation there when he talked about both sides during the Charlottesville argument,” she explained. “People saw that as, look, we know he can’t overtly support us, but we feel supported by the things he says, the people he retweets, the word choice he uses that are similar or the same as white nationalists say and the way they put things and talking white genocide.”
“White nationalists, neo-Nazis, KK members are all looking for signs,” she continued. “They know that being overt about it, you will get condemned. Being covert about it and trying to send signals, that’s how they feel, they have been sent a signal from the president who talks in terms of invaders when talking inference and immigration.”
“He used the word invaders. What we see in this so-called manifesto, 67 times the word invade or invaders or invasion was used,” she noted. “You can see the words used. People are reacting to what the president of the United States is saying.”
Obeidallah had a simple suggestion for the president.
“I would like him to say, ‘I stand with Muslims and I despise white supremacist terrorism,'” he suggested.
“During his campaign, he said we must say radical Islamic terrorism, because if you don’t say it, you can’t solve it,” he noted. “He has not said the words white supremacist terrorism.”
“Donald Trump watches the news all day. If he’s watching, I hope he has the courage to tweet, ‘I denounce white supremacist terrorism,'” he continued.
“But he won’t,” Obeidallah predicted.