White Supremacists Rejoice - Trump’s ‘Setting Us Free’

The few people left with political points of view that are somewhat centrist and reasonable are becoming more and more horrified by what's going on in the country every day. Much attention has been on left-wing extremists, the progressives and the ultra-liberals who have been empowered to stir up violent riots because they feel the First Amendment should no longer apply to people who disagree with them. On the other end, extremists who are fascist and racist feel empowered because they think they're winning the race war.

White Supremacist websites and message forums have been buzzing in anticipation of what the next four years under the Trump administration might bring. From Trump himself being labeled a racist xenophobe, to his cabinet member picks who have been labeled Nazis, to the policies he has been enacting in an attempt to enforce immigration laws and fight terrorism, many 'alt-right' activists believe their day has come.

Some celebration this week has revolved around the rumors that the Trump administration would be changing the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program name to 'Countering Islamic Extremism' or 'Countering Radical Islamic Extremism.' The report came from a Reuters article that proclaimed in the headline, 'Trump Just Removed White Supremacist Groups from Terror Watch Program.' They perpetuated the notion that the program would be renamed and refocused exclusively on Muslims, while white supremacists and Nazis were going to get a free pass.

Andrew Anglin, founder and editor of the neo-Nazi website 'The Daily Stormer' gleefully commented on this. “Donald Trump wants to remove us from undue federal scrutiny by removing ‘white supremacists’ from the definition of ‘extremism,’” he wrote. “Yes, this is real life. Our memes are all real life. Donald Trump is setting us free.”

Naturally, a lot of liberal-leaning groups picked up on the issue and voiced concern. The Life After Hate group, a group of reformed white supremacists, told leftist website Think Progress that renaming the CVE empowers hate groups.

"It sends a message that white extremism does not exist, or is not a priority in our country, when in fact it is a statistically larger and more present terror threat than any by foreign or other domestic actors," said Christian Picciolini, the group's co-founder.

The problem with all this? It's nothing more than a rumor right now. There have been no White House announcements about changing the name or the scope of the CVE program. Snopes.com investigated and stated, "The Countering Violent Extremism change has not been officially announced, and white supremacy extremist groups are still listed as threats in other counter-terrorism programs."

So the Trump administration is being blamed for empowering white supremacist groups and racists for doing things that the administration hasn’t done.

The empowering force is actually the hate and accusations being spewed from extremists on both sides of the political aisle.

Source: Think Progress
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