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Federal prosecutors pick up the slack as Trump ignores America’s biggest terrorist threat: legal analyst

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The Trump administration continues to take an extreme hardline stance on immigration, pushing out Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen for not being fully committed to separating immigrant children from their families.

President Trump has justified his crackdown at the Southwest border by claiming that it’s necessary for national security. Yet, the President appears to neglect protecting Americans from a far more insidious threat: homegrown terrorism.

Writing on the CNN website Tuesday, legal analyst Jennifer Rodgers points out that white supremacist terrorism appears to be on the rise. “Headlines are full of recent terrorist attacks carried out by people with white supremacist views; they include the Tree of Life synagogue killer, the Coast Guard lieutenant charged with plotting a major attack on politicians and news anchors perceived to be left-leaning (he has pleaded not guilty), the New Zealand mosque killer, and the mail bomber Cesar Sayoc,” Rodgers writes.

She points out that the Trump administration seems to have ignored the findings of federal law enforcement that white supremacist terrorism poses as persistent threat. FBI Director Christopher Wray also found that white supremacy is a “persistent, pervasive threat.”

Yet, the Department of Homeland Security has disbanded an intelligence and analysis unit devoted to homegrown extremists.

She does see a positive sign in the guilty plea federal prosecutors secured in the Cesar Sayoc case. Sayoc, a Trump supporter further radicalized by social media, mailed bomb threats to a number of public figures he perceived to be enemies of the President.

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“Of course, we should be able to rely on our President, our intelligence communities, and our investigative agencies to take these threats seriously and act accordingly. Hopefully they do,” Rodgers writes.

“But at least Sayoc’s guilty plea is a sign that the criminal justice system part of our government is working to deter those who would wish to follow in Sayoc’s footsteps.”

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OK, Democrats — you’ve had your fun. You grew up being told that everybody could run for president, and then everybody did. Except that this mad anthill scramble of presidential candidates, which resembles a bunch of kindergarteners descending on not enough cookies, really hasn’t been fun so far. All you’ve managed to do is put the fear of God — or the fear of the other guy, more like — into the voters, provoking widespread PTSD flashbacks to November 2016.

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Soledad O'Brien, a former CNN anchor, clashed with the wife of Trump surrogate Anthony Scaramucci over the weekend.

In a tweet on Friday, O'Brien complained that cable new networks were continuing to book the former White house communications director even though he has little of substance to add to the discussions.

"Why do you guys put this crap on tv?" O'Brien wrote after seeing an interview with Scaramucci. "Seriously it’s an insult to your viewers. And also absurd. Is there no one else in the whole world to book but this mediocre dude?"

Scaramucci's wife, Deidre, was moved to criticize O'Brien.

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