DETROIT — A Michigan man has been charged with hate crimes for trying to intimidate residents supporting Black Lives Matter in 2020, federal officials announced Wednesday. Kenneth Pilon, 61, a former Michigan optometrist, was charged in an information filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court. That type of charge typically indicates a guilty plea is expected. Six counts of violating federally protected activities were listed. Punishment varies from a fine or up to a year in prison, according to the FBI. According to an affidavit signed by a FBI special agent, Pilon is accused of calling nine Starbu...
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Lara Trump claimed on Sunday that the mass shooting at the Geneva Presbyterian Church on Sunday was motivated by pro-choice rhetoric.
Speaking on her Fox program, the daughter-in-law of the former president claimed, with no sense of irony, that it’s "very dangerous" when you have a president "who just kind of says crazy-sounding things."
The comment ignores years of "crazy-sounding things" that came out of former President Donald Trump, as several commentators have posted over the years. There are also a number of things Trump said that encouraged violent reactions to things he didn't like, Vox recalled in 2021.
He's currently involved in a case in New York over violence by his bodyguard against immigration protesters outside of Trump Tower in 2015. There are accounts of several protesters at rallies being harmed after Trump encouraged it.
In a 2015 Miami, Florida rally Trump claimed he’ll "be a little more violent" when dealing with protesters in the future.
"See, the first group, I was nice. 'Oh, take your time.' The second group, I was pretty nice. The third group, I’ll be a little more violent. And the fourth group, I’ll say get the hell out of here!"
A video of the protesters showed the people being forcibly dragged from the arena.
Trump notoriously encouraged a crowd of protesters on Jan. 6, "We're going to walk down to the Capitol." Just a few sentences later, he told the crowd, "You will never take back our country with weakness."
Lara Trump's accusations that the church was targeted for its anti-abortion beliefs is also likely wrong. Preliminary reports are that a Taiwanese congregation was meeting at the church at the time of the shooting and the shooter was a 68-year-old Asian man.
The church's website explains that the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church holds its service at 10 a.m. in the Geneva church, which was the time of the shooting.
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Jim Acosta calls out Fox network for making money promoting white supremacy that ultimately leads to terrorism
CNN host Jim Acosta pointed to the Fox network for their ongoing promotion of the theory the Buffalo, New York shooter adopted as his philosophy. Police discovered a manifesto that addressed the so-called "white replacement" theory, or "replacement theory," which holds that Democrats are somehow orchestrating an increase in people of color to intentionally dominate white people.
Fox hosts Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson have both hosted shows about the theory.
"What Tucker Carlson is doing by peddling 'replacement theory' and other white nationalist talking points is dangerous and we called it out today," Acosta said on Twitter. It was part of an interview with NAACP chair Derrick Johnson who called on the Justice Department to step up efforts in regulating terrorism online.
"The real question, is what are we going to do as a society?" asked Johnson. "Are we going to continue allowing domestic terrorism to dominate the public discourse every so many months? We have seen this before. The question is now, when will the Justice Department aggressively pursue these domestic terrorist cells that are populating on social media platforms? When will social media platforms finally stand up to their community responsibility and remove these cells? When will News Corp stop funding Fox News to promote theories that only divide and create tribalism?"
The neighborhood that the Buffalo shooter specifically targeted was one known for being predominantly Black. Not responding to the white supremacist terrorism means more of it continues, Johnson said.
"How are we going to pivot away from this domestic terrorism that we have seen?" asked Johnson. "We have to come to grips with the racist dogma out there that is causing harm to the African American community, the Jewish community. we have to stand up as a society."
Acosta then showed a supercut of videos from Fox host Tucker Carlson, who has been pushing the "white replacement" theory on his show for over a year. He noted that the clips are just "a few examples" of many that the researchers found. He went on to show the New York Times report on Carlson, which cited his record of promoting white supremacy, Carlson took a photo of himself pointing to the story and laughing at it.
"Millions of people absorb this garbage on his program on a regular basis," said Acosta. "Fox does nothing about it. They make millions of dollars off of it. We have not shied away from calling that out and calling Tucker out on this program, because what he's doing is very dangerous. What do you think can be done about this, and what do you say to all of that?"
See the interview below:
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For the first time since the Buffalo, New York shooting, the Fox network is mentioning the so-called "great replacement" theory, which was a key part of the accused gunman's manifesto.
Speaking about it on Sunday, host Eric Shawn noted that the man who lived in far south New York drove to the neighborhood in Buffalo because it was known for being heavily African American.
"Which raises my last question," Shawn continued. "The issue of white supremacist ideology, of terrorism, of him allegedly citing the manifesto of 'white replacement' theory — how concerned are you about that, those allegations and what may have been in his mind?"
Erie County New York District Attorney John Flynn said that they're very concerning and that a "terrorism charge by hate" is on the same level as a murder in the first-degree charge. Mandatory sentencing, however, brings a life-without-parole sentence in terrorism by hate charge, whereas first-degree murder doesn't automatically assign that.
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