Why Isn’t White Supremacy in the National Counterterrorism Strategy?

According to senior officials in the administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) tried for over a year to make domestic terrorism (e.g. white supremacy) a higher priority, but was continually rebuffed by the White House. Officials say that bringing up white supremacy as an issue to President Trump was always met with reluctance and pushback. As a result, the National Counterterrorism Strategy issued last fall contains only a brief throwaway mention of domestic terrorism, but no specific mention of white supremacy at all. A DHS source even said that the White House specifically refused to allow the report to say there would be any domestic terrorism strategy at all.

It is deeply troubling that someone so sympathetic to white supremacy is the President of the United States, and even more troubling that his sympathies appear to have prevented DHS from developing a strategy to protect American citizens. In light of the recent shootings which were white supremacy-driven, we need to know the details of this decision-making process, and make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Action: Investigate the National Counterterrorism Strategy’s blindspot

Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC – 202-225-3106; Seattle: 206-674-0040

Rep. Adam Smith: DC – 202-225-8901; Renton – 425-793-5180

Script:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am calling from [PLACE] in light of the recent news that the Department of Homeland Security has failed to prioritize domestic terrorism as a threat due to pressures from President Trump. If this is true, then Trump’s sympathies for white supremacy, and the inability of DHS officials to stand up to him, have put our citizens in danger. I would like to see the House investigate this oversight and hold those responsible accountable, by impeachment if necessary.”

Background:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/07/politics/white-house-domestic-terrorism/index.html

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/08/trump-dhs-white-supremacy-domestic-terrorism-el-paso

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/456617-white-house-dismissed-homeland-security-push-to-focus-more-on