Tlaib: Trump Must Be ‘Loud and Clear’ Against White Supremacy, Which is ‘Most Dangerous Element of Terrorism’
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) joined a rising chorus demanding that Donald Trump speak out directly against the anti-Muslim bigotry and white supremacy that fueled the killing of 50 people during Friday’s gun massacre at two mosques in New Zealand.
On Sunday morning’s edition of CNN’s State of the Union, host Jake Tapper noted that Trump had “condemned” the attack in New Zealand, but “he has not yet given a direct message to muslims in the United States or around the world.”
“Do you think President Trump needs to make such a gesture?” Tapper asked Tlaib.
“Absolutely,” Tlaib replied, and noted that Trump “is the most powerful man in the world right now” who can, “from the Oval Office, from that power position, can be able to send a signal very loud and clear.”
“We’ve done this in the past against foreign terrorism,” she continued, and added “We need to do it on domestic terrorism, against white supremacy that’s growing every single day that we stay silent.”
“It will not stop until we send a loud signal and put the resources together to combat it, and to stop it,” Tlaib said. “Because it is probably the most dangerous element of terrorism, and that’s making us less safe in our country than what we might think about what’s happening outside of the lines of our country.”
Fox News anchor Chris Wallace similarly pressed for Trump to deliver an address of this nature, during an interview with Trump Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. But as Wallace noted by playing just a few clips of the many anti-Muslim statements Trump has made over the years, any such address would necessarily entail an acknowledgement of that history.
Tapper went on to ask Tlaib about Trump’s statement, Friday, that he “do(esn’t) really see” white nationalism as a rising threat.
“He needs to pick up the phone and call the Department of Justice,” Tlaib said. “There’s real data and information of the rise of white supremacy right here in this United States of America. He needs to look at the data and information and facts and actually listen and understand the tremendous responsibility he has in being our president.”
She went on to say that Trump “needs to do better by us and the country. He needs to speak up and condemn this very loud and very clearly.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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