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Leaked GOP memo on mass shootings: downplay white supremacy, blame left

Posted by / August 18, 2019

A leaked memo from House Republicans reveals their strategy for dealing with mass shootings: blame them on the left and downplay white supremacy.

Their primary goal is to blame the left for recent shootings, especially ones with any link––however tenuous––with liberal theology, such as the Congressional baseball shooter or Congresswoman Giffords’ shooter. Aside from that, they are attempting to steer conversations away from white supremacy.

That is a difficult play, considering the spate of white supremacy related shootings or near shootings lately. A Florida white supremacist was recently arrested for threatening to open fire at Walmart. This man, named Richard Clayton, posted on Facebook, “3 more days of probation left then I get my AR-15 back. Don’t go to Walmart next week.” He was not actually on probation, but his threat landed him in jail on $15,000 bail.

Earlier last week, a man was arrested for opening fire in a mosque in Oslo, Norway. One person was injured in the shooting. The shooter was a white Norwegian citizen. A dead woman was found dead in his home later that day, and she is believed to be a relative of the subject.

This shooting raises two issues: white nationalism and hatred of women.

Karam Dana, a professor of Middle East politics and director of the American Muslim Research Institute at the University of Washington, Bothell, has said that the “United States is the epicenter of the world in terms of how white identity is seen.”

Former FBI agent Ali H. Soufan, founder of the security consultancy Soufan Group, predicted last year that Trump’s rhetoric would lead to violence. According to a CBS report, white supremacist violence in the U.S. is on the rise. The FBI has around 900 domestic terrorism cases, including those with links to white supremacists and such ideology.

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