On Thursday, following the ruling that indicted Coast Guard Lieutenant Christopher Hasson will be released pending trial, CNN justice correspondent Jessica Schneider explained one of his attorney’s key defenses of his actions: his racism and his alleged hit list of Democratic politicians isn’t really that much different from President Donald Trump’s way of thinking.
“The judge said really his alleged crimes don’t fit this standard for continued detention,” said Schneider. “He’s accused of plotting a domestic terror attack. But a grand jury has only indicted him on weapons and drug charges.”
“Hasson’s public defender saying in court today that the case against Hasson has really been overblown, and the attorney even went so far to say that Hasson’s views aren’t that different from those of President Trump. Hasson allegedly kept a hit list of Democrats he wanted to kill, and he kept more than a dozen firearms in his apartment … His attorney said the names Hasson allegedly assembled weren’t part of a hit list but instead, quote, ‘looks like the sort of list that our commander in chief might have compiled while watching Fox News in the morning.'”
“The defender actually adding to that, that the racial slurs that Hasson wrote are now part of the, quote, national vocabulary saying Donald Trump uses similar epithets in his everyday language and tweets,” Schneider continued. “So some strong words there from the public defender.”
Schneider noted that federal prosecutors are pushing back hard on this characterization. “The assistant U.S. Attorney in Maryland said Hasson was ready and willing to carry out a massive attack, saying ‘This is combat gear. There is no reason to have this.'” He even reportedly “Conducted online searches for the home addresses of multiple Supreme Court judges.”
Because Hasson is still a threat, Schneider added, the judge has noted that when he is released, he will be subject to strict supervision ahead of trial.
Republican slams Trump for eroding ‘the very basis of what America is all about’
On Monday, President Donald Trump doubled down on comments that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) should leave America if they're so unhappy with the status quo.
He posted a series of tweets making the same point over the weekend. In response, former Ohio Governor John Kasich tweeted his displeasure at the President's behavior.
What @realDonaldTrump said about Democrat women in Congress is deplorable and beneath the dignity of the office. We all, including Republicans, need to speak out against these kinds of comments that do nothing more than divide us and create deep animosity - maybe even hatred.
Damning CNN timeline shows how Trump ‘thinks white people matter more than nonwhite people’
CNN's Brianna Keilar on Monday delivered a damning verdict on President Donald Trump's racist attacks on Democratic lawmakers -- and she backed it up with a timeline of the president's bigoted words and actions.
During a segment about Trump’s weekend tweets, in which he told Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) to “go back” to their countries despite the fact that all four are American citizens, Keilar argued that the president's racism is part of a pattern of bigotry that's followed him throughout his life.
"This fits a pattern to the president who has long made it clear that he thinks white people matter more than nonwhite people, even if they're American," she said. "30 years ago he called for the death penalty for the Central Park Five, five minority youths who were falsely accused of rape. Trump [is] still refusing to believe their innocence 16 years after they were exonerated."
Trump and Pence’s racist weekend spectacle was no accident: It’s the re-election plan
If you doubted that the 2020 presidential campaign will be the ugliest you've ever experienced, the past few days should have disabused you of that. It's been a descent into grotesque racism and xenophobia on a level we haven't seen in our national politics for many decades. And it's not just a matter of Donald Trump acting out and having one of his regular tantrums. There's a rationale behind his behavior that's extremely disturbing.
As everyone is well aware by now — or should be — the refugee camps at the border are a national disgrace. If this was happening in another country (and if we had a different president) the United States would be leading the charge to condemn what was happening. The plight of families, particularly the kids, is an ongoing nightmare and Trump seems determined to exploit the pain and suffering of these vulnerable people to keep the country in a constant state of hysteria.