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It was only a week ago President Donald Trump appeared practically “giddy” about a particular candidate to fill the newly vacant seat on the Supreme Court that had been held by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for more than 27 years, people familiar with the matter said.
Ibram X. Kendi, director of Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research, wrote on Saturday that white people who adopt black children may be “racist,” joining a growing group of Democrats and leftists commenting on Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Haitian son and daughter.
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Sat, 09/26/2020 – 19:55
Singer John Legend (real name John Roger Stephens) says that Americans might “have to start thinking about going somewhere else” if President Trump is reelected.
Legend joins a long tradition of Hollywood liberals who vow to leave the country over President Trump but then don’t.
“At some point, if that project [to destroy democracy] was to be in any way successful, you’d have to think about going somewhere that is a true democracy, that has respect for the rule of law and human rights,” Legend virtue signaled in an interview this week with Cosmopolitan UK.
“If America chooses to be that place then people will have to start thinking about going somewhere else. It is truly disturbing and concerning,” he added.
“We were born and raised here, all of our families are here. It would be hard to leave. But I don’t know what one’s supposed to do when you have a leader who is trying to destroy democracy,” Legend added.
Legend, 41, performed at the Democratic National Convention and is a huge Biden supporter – while Trump has referred to the performer as “boring,” and referred to his wife Chrissy Teigen as “filthy-mouthed.”
Teigen deleted 60,000 tweets earlier this year after coming under fire for sexualizing children.
— 47™️ (@fadde) July 14, 2020
That said, Legend’s obvious virtue signal would be slightly more believable if he and Teigen hadn’t just bought a $17.5 million mansion in Beverly Hills.
Yeah, I’m gonna call bullshit pic.twitter.com/8Nr8GpfOeA
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) September 25, 2020
A vehicle plowed through a crowd of Trump supporters in Yorba Linda, California, on Saturday.
The incident reportedly took place in a parking lot.
Violence broke out as supporters of President Donald Trump staged a counter protest against a Black Lives Matter demonstration organized by the Urban Organizers Coalition.
The pro-Trump crowd reportedly confronted the militant leftists while chanting “USA,” leading to multiple fights prior to the car driving through the crowd of patriots.
— Conservative South Africa (@Conservative_ZA) September 27, 2020
“At least two people were injured, including a man who was bloodied. Ambulances were summoned. People chased the car, which eventually stopped and was surrounded by sheriff’s deputies,” the OC Register reports.
Someone ran their car through a crowd of Trump supporters. OC Sheriffs took the person into custody. Ambulances were dispatched, but I don’t have information on injuries pic.twitter.com/EAWBSXS8R1
— Border Photog #blm (@desertborder) September 26, 2020
A car just drove through a crowd. The crowd then chased after the white sedan. This person was hurt. pic.twitter.com/0iAhWkcRnu
— Brian Rokos (@Brian_Rokos) September 26, 2020
This is from @buffalo_baff IG LIVE pic.twitter.com/CPvivZL2Gd
— Resist, Esq. (@ResistEsq) September 26, 2020
A far-left reporter at the scene tweeted that there was “more violence than I’ve ever seen at one of these things.”
The driver of the car, a woman, has not been arrested, according to the OC Register. ABC 7 reports that they have been detained, however, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Department.
At least one person has been transported to the hospital with injuries.
An unlawful assembly was declared and the police have been working to clear the scene.
Yorba Linda, California. BLM just got ran out the city. pic.twitter.com/G8GyfEITjv
— CIA-Simulation Warlord (@zerosum24) September 26, 2020
Patriots hug & thank law enforcement in Yorba Linda. pic.twitter.com/IOjuUG0GVd
— Tomas Morales (@TomasMorales_iv) September 26, 2020
This is a breaking story and the Gateway Pundit will be providing updates as more information becomes available.
Source: The Gateway Pundit, BREAKING: Multiple Injuries After Car Plows Through Crowd of Trump Supporters in Yorba Linda, California (VIDEO)
President Donald Trump’s hope for a “straightforward and prompt” confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett was immediately dashed, as Democrats reacted with a host of arguments for blocking the appointment.
Senator Dianne Feinstein said Barrett would push the court further to the right, jeopardizing “many rights and protections that the American people have fought for and deeply cherish,” including abortion. In any case, Feinstein said, the Senate shouldn’t consider any nominee to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg until the Nov. 3 election has been held and the “next president has been inaugurated,” apparently ruling out the possibility that Trump could be re-elected.
Sen. Feinstein on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court: “The Senate should not consider any Supreme Court nominee until the American people have spoken in November and the next president has been inaugurated.” pic.twitter.com/7bUQuyaJ75
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 26, 2020
Other leading Democrats, including presidential candidate Joe Biden, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, said confirming Barrett to the court would help Trump crush Obamacare. “Vote like your health care is on the ballot – because it is,” Biden said on Twitter. Schumer tweeted that a vote for Barrett “is a vote to eliminate health care for millions in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic.” Pelosi said grimly, “This nomination threatens the destruction of life-saving protections for 135 million Americans.”
Today, President Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court — a jurist with a written track record of disagreeing with the Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act.
Vote like your health care is on the ballot — because it is. https://t.co/TDBQOVLP4K
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 26, 2020
As if threatening millions of lives is not reason enough to torpedo Barrett’s nomination, other Democrats pointed out the precedent of 2016, when the Republican-controlled Senate blocked former President Barack Obama’s nominee to the high court nearly nine months before that year’s presidential election. California Governor Gavin Newsom tweeted a debunked video of Barrett apparently saying in 2016 that it’s wrong to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in an election year.
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Even the anti-Trump Washington Post has said the video was deceptively edited and that Barrett was not arguing against confirming a new Supreme Court justice in an election year.
Here is Judge Amy Coney Barrett explaining why it’s wrong to fill a SCOTUS vacancy during a presidential election year. pic.twitter.com/a5H09OmgsX
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) September 26, 2020
The attacks on Barrett began even before Trump officially nominated her in a Rose Garden ceremony Saturday afternoon. Democrat political operatives went so far as to suggest that Barrett and her husband had abused or kidnapped their two adopted children from Haiti. When Barrett was appointed to the 7th US Circuit Court in 2017, Feinstein questioned whether she could judge fairly because of her Catholic faith, saying “the dogma lives loudly within you.”
The tone of the reaction suggested dim prospects for what Trump hoped would be a smooth confirmation process. He urged Democrats “to provide Judge Barrett with the respectful and dignified hearing that she deserves – and frankly that our country deserves.” He also called on lawmakers and media outlets to “refrain from personal or partisan attacks.”
“The stakes for our country are incredibly high,” Trump said. “Rulings that the Supreme Court will issue in the coming years will decide the survival of the Second Amendment, our religious liberty, public safety and so much more. To maintain security, liberty and prosperity, we must preserve our priceless heritage of a nation of laws.”
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While Trump tried to downplay — in some cases jokingly — the fierce political battle ahead, Barrett acknowledged the tough confirmation gauntlet she must run. “I have no illusions that the road ahead of me will be easy, either for the short term or the long haul,” she said. “I never imagined that I would find myself in this position, but now that I am, I assure you that I will meet the challenge with both humility and courage.”
Barrett became Trump’s third Supreme Court appointment, and the second, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, was hit with wild accusations of sexual assault from his teen years during a 2018 confirmation hearing that deepened the partisan divide in Washington. Political tensions are even higher this time around, with the election looming less than six weeks away.
Barrett, 48, spoke admiringly of Ginsburg, who died on Sept. 18, saying she “not only broke glass ceilings, she smashed them.” She said she also was inspired by the friendship that Ginsburg maintained with the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, for whom Barrett served as a law clerk more than 20 years ago. “These two great Americans demonstrated that arguments, even about matters of great consequence, need not destroy affection,” she said.
Barrett said she tries to live by that same principle in her personal and professional lives. She tried to extend an olive branch to all Americans, saying: “The president has nominated me to serve on the United States Supreme Court, and that institution belongs to all of us. If confirmed, I would not assume that role for the sake of those in my own circle and certainly not for my own sake, but I would assume this role to serve you.”
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Source: RT, The fight begins: Dems throw laundry list of doom, gloom and disqualifiers at Trump’s SCOTUS pick Barrett to block confirmation
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), a rising star on the Judiciary Committee and outspoken critic of Roe v. Wade, sent a letter Saturday to Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) warning him and other Democrats to refrain…
Source: The Hill, Hawley warns Schumer to steer clear of Catholic-based criticisms of Barrett
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Sat, 09/26/2020 – 19:45
A coalition of 40 ideologically diverse organizations on Thursday demanded that federal lawmakers investigate allegations from earlier this week that the Pentagon misused much of $1 billion in congressionally appropriated Covid-19 relief funding for what one critic called “a colossal backdoor bailout for the defense industry.”
The groups’ call came in a letter (pdf) addressed to Reps. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) Steve Scalise (R-La.), leaders of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. The push for a probe was prompted by Washington Post reporting that some tax dollars directed to the Defense Department in March for building up U.S. supplies of medical equipment have “instead been mostly funneled to defense contractors and used to make things such as jet engine parts, body armor, and dress uniforms.”
In addition to a probe, the National Taxpayers Union, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO), Win Without War, and 37 other groups urged Clyburn and Scalise to determine whether Congress should pass a bill suspending the Pentagon’s spending authority for the funds, arguing that the department’s decision-making “violates congressional intent at minimum, and represents a significant breach of trust with the taxpayers who fund the military’s budget and its emergency spending.”
Win Without War advocacy director Erica Fein said in a statement that “this gross misuse of Covid-19 relief funds provides yet another example of the Pentagon’s wasteful, unaccountable spending, which puts the corporate profits of the weapons industry over the lives and well-being of everyday people.”
“This scandal should be a wake-up call,” she added. “The greatest threats to human security cannot be addressed by funneling money into weapons of war. We must resist the corrupting influence of the military contracting industry, stop pouring our resources into the bloated, unaccountable Pentagon coffers, and instead invest in meeting our country’s, and the world’s, real human needs.”
The United States continued to lead the world in Covid-19 cases and deaths Friday afternoon. There have been more than seven million confirmed infections and over 203,000 deaths nationwide, according to Johns Hopkins University’s global tracker. President Donald Trump’s administration and Congress have come under fire for inadequately responding to the public health crisis.
The Pentagon gave more than $1,000,000,000 of pandemic-related aid to military contractors for body armor and jet engines.
— Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) September 25, 2020
As the letter the highlights, the Post reported that the Defense Department—which is run by former Raytheon lobbyist Mark Esper—gave at least $183 million to contractors “to maintain the shipbuilding industry” and $80 million to an “aircraft parts business suffering from the Boeing 737 Max grounding.”
Additionally, the Pentagon gave $25 million to a firm that also “received between $5 million and $10 million” from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP); $3 million to a firm that also received between $150,000 and $350,000 from the PPP; and “$2 million for a domestic manufacturer of Army dress uniform fabric.”
Chief Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman issued a lengthy statement Wednesday defending the spending and criticizing the Post piece. He said in part, “As indicated by recent reporting, there appears to be a misunderstanding by some about what the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) did and did not do with respect to the Department of Defense.”
Hoffman added that the department has been “wholly transparent” in its decisions about the relief funds and claimed that “much of [the] useful context” it provided to the newspaper was “left out of the story leading some to misconstrue the expenditures when in fact they are wholly appropriate as directed by Congress.”
Although the Post acknowleged that Pentagon officials “contend that they have sought to strike a balance between boosting American medical production and supporting the defense industry, whose health they consider critical to national security,” critics at the groups behind the letter aren’t buying that argument.
“It’s unconscionable that the department would prioritize defense contractor wish lists over the health and safety of the American people,” declared Mandy Smithberger, director of POGO’s Center for Defense Information.
DOD has issued statements on stories before, but this is a different level: On @washingtonpost story on #CARESAct funds for defense base. WaPo story was accurate — but created sense something was hidden when DOD (& media & Congress) had it in full view. https://t.co/aDcpbwOIpP pic.twitter.com/A1GdntT9D8
— Tara Copp (@TaraCopp) September 23, 2020
Arguing that Congress was clear it wanted the Pentagon to use its powers to address ongoing shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE), Smithberger said “the American people deserve better judgment from the agency entrusted with leading our national security and responses to unanticipated threats.”
Other signatories include Beyond the Bomb, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Demand Progress, Greenpeace USA, Indivisible, the National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, Peace Action, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Public Citizen, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
On Friday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) requested that the department’s inspector general investigate reports about the Pentagon’s spending, writing that the alleged misuse of funds “meant for the response to the deadly pandemic plaguing our country is inconsistent with the will of Congress and may be illegal.”
That request and the groups’ collective call for a congressional investigation follow a similar letter that a pair of lawmakers sent Tuesday to Clyburn as well as Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.). Maloney heads the House Oversight Committee while Smith chairs the chamber’s Armed Services Committee.
Writing as co-chairs of the Defense Spending Reduction Caucus, Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) condemned the Pentagon’s actions as “unacceptable.” They urged the trio to “review the legality of the Department of Defense’s spending decisions and every possible remedy.”
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died a week ago on Friday night at home surrounded by family.
She was 87-years-old.
Republicans control the US Senate and the White House and could nominate and confirm a justice by election day on November 3rd.
Senator Chuck Schumer immediately announced within minutes after news of her death broke that the vacancy “should not be filled until we have a new president.”
And Senator Lisa Murkowski then jumped in to announce she would not vote for a SCOTUS nominee until after Election Day.
Murkowski represents red state Alaska but is a very weak Republican and a huge disappointment to conservatives and Trump voters.
But after Judge Amy Coney Barrett was nominated by President Trump on Saturday Senator Murkowski released a statement saying she is willing to meet with Amy Coney Barrett
Murkowski is exhausting.
Alaska can do better.
Here is video–
Source: The Gateway Pundit, RINO Lisa Murkowski Waffles — Says She will Now Meet with Trump SCOTUS Nominee Amy Coney Barrett (VIDEO)
During a press conference on Saturday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) stated that Senate Democrats are “united in opposition” to the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court and that Democrats in both the House and
Source: Breitbart, Schumer: Senate Democrats ‘United in Opposition’ to Barrett
David Smith’s sketch: The stage dressed to recall Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the president portrayed her arch-conservative successor as the embodiment of feminist virtue * Report: Trump names Barrett, stoking liberal backlash * Spotlight falls on secretive Catholic group People of PraiseFor liberal America, it was a ceremony of unseemly haste to rank with Hamlet having to watch his mother marry his father’s murderer. Enough to make anyone mad.On a grey Washington day, Donald Trump stood in the White House Rose Garden and introduced Amy Coney Barrett as his next supreme court justice.It followed hard upon, as Hamlet’s pal Horatio would say, the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The liberal justice has not yet been buried. As Barrett noted, flags are still at half-staff.But Ginsburg’s last request – that the next president decide her successor – was swept aside amid a pageant of giant US flags hanging from colonnades, resembling the day Ginsburg herself was nominated by Bill Clinton.Some would call it a tribute. Others would call it trolling.Nothing would stop Trump pressing ahead with what critics regard as a very American coup, played out in broad daylight just 40 days before an election, imposing rightwing minority rule for a generation.What was not said at Saturday’s event was more important than what was. Trump did not say he is banking on Barrett to save his neck if he manages to push a close-run presidential election all the way to the court.Nor, despite having promised in 2016 to appoint only “pro-life” judges, did he make any mention of abortion, made legal by the court in 1973, now more threatened than ever. Nor was there acknowledgment that Barrett would knock the court off balance: a 6-3 conservative majority handing down decisions on healthcare, gun rights and other issues, likely to be odds with public opinion.Instead both Trump and Barrett, a former clerk for the late conservative justice Antonin Scalia, sold her as a devotee to the constitution who will prove Democrats’ worst nightmare during the confirmation process.This was their pitch: brilliant at her job, brilliant in the domestic sphere, steeped in conservative values. A living repudiation of liberal feminist narratives about inequality at home and in the workplace. A throwing down of the gauntlet.Praising Barrett as “towering intellect”, Trump said: “A very highly respected law professor at Notre Dame wrote to Justice Scalia with a one-sentence recommendation. ‘Amy Coney is the best student I ever had.’ That’s pretty good.”He added: “If confirmed, Justice Barrett will make history as the first mother of school-age children to serve on the supreme court. That’s good!”The guests stood and applauded.In her own remarks, Barrett graciously began by paying tribute to Ginsburg: “She not only broke glass ceilings. She smashed them.”Then she pivoted to humanising talk of her home life. “The president has asked me to become the ninth justice and, as it happens, I’m used to being in a group of nine: my family.”Her husband, Jesse, and seven children, two of whom were adopted from Haiti, were sitting in the front row.“While I am a judge, I’m better known back home as a room parent, carpool driver and birthday party planner. When schools went remote last spring, I tried on another hat: Jesse and I became co-principals of the Barrett e-learning academy.”There was an echo, perhaps, of the moment Ginsburg told her Senate confirmation hearing that she had “read briefing books, opinion books, law reviews, but there is no book in the world that means as much” as one from her grandson.Barrett continued: “I couldn’t manage this very full life without the unwavering support of my husband, Jesse. At the start of our marriage, I imagined that we would run our household as partners. As it has turned out, Jesse does far more than his share of the work. To my chagrin, I learned at dinner recently that my children consider him to be the better cook.”Another reminder of Ginsburg, known to be a terrible cook.Barrett fits perfectly with the claim of women who work at the White House and who told the Republican convention that Trump is, contrary to public perception, a champion of working mothers.It was an impressive attempt to scramble assumptions and entangle progressives in arguments over the meaning of feminism. Conservatives, who have thrown in their lot with Trump because of judges as much as anything, were jubilant.Carrie Severino, president of the Judicial Crisis Network, tweeted: “Wow. I had high expectations and I was so impressed by how charming and lovely Amy Coney Barrett is in person. She knocked it out of the park!”But after Republicans’ refusal to grant Merrick Garland, Barack Obama’s nominee to the court, a hearing in 2016, Democrats intend to fight with everything they’ve got.Trump said confidently: “Her qualifications are unsurpassed and her record is beyond reproach. This should be a straightforward and prompt confirmation, should be very easy. Good luck. It’s gonna be very quick. I’ll sure it’ll be extremely noncontroversial. We said that the last time, didn’t we?”The quip was a bleak reminder of the ferocious battle over Trump’s previous nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, accused of sexual assault as a teenager. This confirmation process is likely to be even more divisive.The president urged Democrats to provide “a respectful and dignified hearing” and the media to refrain from “personal or partisan attacks” – an audacious request from the creator of labels such as “Crooked Hillary” and “Sleepy Joe”.Trump’s wife, Melania, watched from the front row, with Vice-President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, and Attorney General Bill Barr. Scalia’s widow was also present, as was his son, Eugene Scalia, the labor secretary.“His judicial philosophy is mine too,” Barrett said of her mentor. “A judge must apply the law as written. Judges are not policymakers.”Scalia’s death in 2016 set in train events that some now see unfolding with tragic inevitability, possibly all the way to Scalia’s disciple sitting on the supreme court and ruling on this year’s election.For democracy, murder most foul.
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Senate Republicans are preparing a speedy confirmation process for Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s third Supreme Court pick, setting up a final vote before the election.The timeline will keep an explosive figh…
Source: The Hill, Senate GOP set to vote on Trump’s Supreme Court pick before election
September 26, 2020
By David French
NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. shale producer Devon Energy Corp is in talks to acquire rival WPX Energy Inc in an all-stock transaction that would create a company worth around $6 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Saturday.
The deal talks show how consolidation in the oil and gas industry is picking up, as low energy prices drive some independent producers to seek scale through mergers. In July, Noble Energy Inc agreed to be acquired by Chevron Corp for $5 billion in stock.
The deal, which would value Tulsa, Oklahoma-based WPX at a small premium to its current share price, could be announced as soon as next week, according to one of the sources.
The sources, who requested anonymity to discuss the private talks, cautioned that an agreement was not guaranteed.
Devon and WPX did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Buffered by reduced demand for hydrocarbons amid coronavirus lockdown measures, which helped push U.S. crude prices briefly into negative territory for the first time earlier this year, U.S. oil and gas producers are seeking out combinations.
Such mergers allow companies to remove duplication and create economies of scale, while structuring them at a small premium or none to existing valuations to retain as much cash as possible.
Oklahoma City-based Devon was valued at $3.4 billion as of the end of Friday. WPX shares closed on Friday at $4.44, giving the company a market capitalization of $2.5 billion.
Both companies have substantial operations in the Delaware portion of the Permian basin, the heart of the U.S. shale revolution across parts of Texas and New Mexico.
Devon also holds acreage in the Eagle Ford play of south Texas, Oklahoma and Wyoming. Outside of the Permian, WPX has land in North Dakota.
Refiles to fix typo in headline
(Reporting by David French in New York; Editing by Sandra Maler and Richard Chang)
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After four months of nearly non-stop nightly riots and destruction in Portland, which have included shooting and killing a Trump supporter, multiple assaults of bystanders, attacking media, people being dragged out of their cars and beaten, buildings set on fire with people inside, molotov cocktails being thrown at police, and other nefarious acts, all at the hands of violent leftists associated with Antifa and Black Lives Matter, Department of Homeland Security agents officially reveal what they consider to be the number one terror threat in the area; “Right wing extremists” and strawmen “white supremacists.”
That’s right, the federal agency seemingly ignores the 100+ nights of violence and mayhem caused by crazed leftists, and instead makes mountains out of molehills involving right-wing Trump supporters.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed anti-fascists, known as antifa, are a serious threat to suburban populations. Trump stood in front of a crowd in Michigan on Sept. 10 and repeated his claim about anti-fascists planning to infiltrate the suburbs.
However, Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of the federal Department of Homeland Security, acknowledged to Congress this week that white supremacists are the “most persistent and lethal” domestic threat to the U.S. Internal records also indicate the greater threat likely came from armed vigilantes roaming the streets in search of “antifa.”
Racially motivated extremists and ad-hoc citizen militias appear to present the most pronounced threat of violence to human life, according to a Joint Intelligence Bulletin circulated to law enforcement in June by the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and National Counterterrorism Center.
The report appears to use “domestic violent extremists” in place of white supremacists when it describes the highest threat of lethal acts of terrorism, a change in Department of Homeland Security terminology first reported by the national security blog Lawfare after leaked drafts of an annual threat assessment report were obtained by the publication.
“Based upon current information, we assess the greatest threat of lethal violence continues to emanate from lone offenders with racially or ethnically motivated violent extremist (RMVE) ideologies and [domestic violent extremists] with personalized ideologies,” the June bulletin says, without referring to white supremacists directly.
The Joint Intelligence memo is titled “Domestic violent extremists could exploit current events to incite or justify attacks on law enforcement of civilians engaged in First Amendment-protected activities.”
The memo is dated June 8 and came less than two weeks after protests against police violence started in Portland. Protesters have routinely damaged public property and businesses and thrown fireworks at buildings and officers.
The report obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive says federal officials deemed demonstrators a threat to buildings and police.
“Anarchist extremists continue to pose the most significant threat of targeted assaults against police, as well as targeting government buildings and police vehicles for damage, sometimes with improvised incendiary devices,” the June bulletin says.
But the other conclusions of the memo — that white supremacists and self-styled militias are a serious threat to human life — vary vastly from the traditional rhetoric of the president and federal government. The memo concludes some white supremacists and militia extremists are trying to bring about a second civil war by “intentionally instigating violence.”
Wolf’s testimony to Congress was the highest-profile acknowledgment by the Trump administration of the significance of the right-wing threat.