House Dems to probe whether Trump ‘nationalist’ claims fueling hate crimes
The incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said Tuesday that he and his colleagues are initiating an investigation into a rise in hate crimes, and suggested President Trump’s pro-America rhetoric may be playing a role.
“He calls himself a nationalist. He falsely claims that ‘foreigners’ are the primary sources of domestic terror. He famously claimed that there were ‘some very fine people on both sides’ of the riot in Charlottesville where a neo-Nazi demonstration ended in the death of one counter-protestor and two officers of the Virginia state police,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, New York Democrat.
His comments came in a letter to the FBI, Justice Department and Homeland Security Department demanding more data on the rise in reports of hate crimes, and on how the administration pursues investigations.
He set a Dec. 31 deadline for the information, saying Congress has been kept “largely in the dark” on homegrown violence, and particularly from white supremacists.
“There appears to be a politically driven effort to diminish programs that empower communities to counter the influence of extremist ideology,” he wrote.