A former official in Donald Trump’s administration is sounding the alarm about the danger of far-right rhetoric in the wake of the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York.
The rhetoric we are seeing from leaders of my party — the Republican Party — is *directly* fueling violence and a spike in domestic terrorism.
President Joe Biden called the incident an example of “hate-fueled domestic terrorism” but did not directly point to the far-right’s embrace of the racist “white replacement theory” as linked to the shooting.
Any act of domestic terrorism, including an act perpetrated in the name of a repugnant white nationalist ideology, is antithetical to everything we stand for in America.
We must do everything in our power to end hate-fueled domestic terrorism,” said the president in a statement.”.
New York’s governor, Kathy Hochul, was far more direct, calling it “white supremacy terrorism” on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday.
At least for now, the GOP’s right wing is showing no signs of slowing down their use of rhetoric that tacitly embraces the fears harboured by extremists. »