Trump saw fit to tweet about the arrest of black actor Jussie Smollett — but not about the arrest of the white supremacist Coast Guard lieutenant who made a kill list of Democratic officials and media personalities Trump has feuded with.
Trump loves to congratulate himself when there's a terror attack carried out by assailants who fit into his narrative, such as those who are of the Muslim faith.
But when a white person either commits an act of terror or is arrested for a foiled terror plot, Trump is eerily silent.
Such is the case at the moment, when Trump has said nothing about the arrest of self-proclaimed white supremacist and Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson.
Hasson is accused of plotting to carry out a mass terror attack, targeting "a list of prominent Democratic congressional leaders, activists, political organizations, and MSNBC and CNN media personalities” that Trump has publicly feuded with, according to the Department of Justice.
The news of Hasson's arrest broke Wednesday afternoon — but there was still nary a peep from Trump about it by noon on Thursday.
Trump has, however, tweeted about the arrest of actor Jussie Smollett, who is accused of staging a hate crime in which he claimed Trump supporters attacked him and hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him.
".@JussieSmollett - what about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!?" Trump tweeted Thursday morning, soon after news of Smollett's arrest for filing a false police report about the attack broke.
Trump also made the time to tweet about other things, such as the need for the U.S. to invest in 5G and 6G technology, as well as an absurd all-caps claim that "THE WALL IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION RIGHT NOW!"
He also tweeted on Wednesday about Hoda Muthana, an Alabama woman who joined ISIS but has since renounced her support for the group and wants to return to the U.S.
"I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully agrees, not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country!" Trump tweeted on Wednesday.
Yet on Hasson's arrest, silence.
This isn't the first time Trump has disgracefully failed to acknowledge white supremacist terrorism.
He called neo-Nazis "very fine people" after one of them murdered anti-racist activist Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year. He insulted the victims of the anti-Semitic massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue by saying they should have had armed security guards at their worship service. And his administration shut down the nation's only program dedicated to countering violent right-wing extremism.
It seems Trump doesn't like to draw attention to white terrorists who are very real, but who don't fit into his racist narratives about who's really a threat to America.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.