The Trump administration is really pushing fear of terrorism although in his typical fashion, it’s a mess:
Dozens of typos, odd inclusions and odd exclusions are the norm in this apparently hastily assembled list. Also:
- As Philip Bump notes, many of these attacks didn’t result in multiple — or any — fatalities
- As Morning Mix notes, they don’t include attacks on non-Western victims
- The document makes repeat reference to “ISIL,” despite Trump and the White House preferring “ISIS.” (And the difference is important. Barack Obama referred to ISIL for a specific reason.)
Rosie Ayliffe wrote in an open letter to President Trump that the “possibility of Mia and Tom’s deaths being consequent to an Islamic terror attack was discounted in the early stages of the police investigation,” The Washington Post reported.
“My daughter’s death will not be used to further this insane persecution of innocent people,”Ayliffe wrote in the letter.
He’s pushing it so hard, that Kellyanne Conway felt the need to make up an attack:
I bet it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized, and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre. Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.
She later admitted that she was wrong but the NY Times has decided to troll her anyway:
THE year was 2012. The place was Bowling Green, Ohio. A federal raid had uncovered what the authorities feared were the makings of a massacre. There were 18 firearms, among them two AR-15 assault rifles, an AR-10 assault rifle and a Remington Model 700 sniper rifle. There was body armor, too, and the authorities counted some 40,000 rounds of ammunition. An extremist had been arrested, and prosecutors suspected that he had been aiming to carry out a wide assortment of killings.
“This defendant, quite simply, was a well-funded, well-armed and focused one-man army of racial and religious hate,” prosecutors said in a court filing.
The man arrested and charged was Richard Schmidt, a middle-aged owner of a sports-memorabilia business at a mall in town. Prosecutors would later call him a white supremacist. His planned targets, federal authorities said, had been African-Americans and Jews. They’d found a list with the names and addresses of those to be assassinated, including the leaders of N.A.A.C.P. chapters in Michigan and Ohio.
So the closest thing to a terror attack in Bowling Green was an attack by a right wing radical, which the Trump administration no longer feels the need to counter. Good one NY Times.