Trump spent his speech attacking immigrants and blaming them for violence. He didn't have one word to say about the far more deadly threat from domestic terrorists.
In his first State of the Union address, Donald Trump spent most of his time fear-mongering about immigrants from all over the world, with a special emphasis on violence perpetuated by the MS-13 street gang.
In fact, he mentioned the gang four times in his speech.
“For decades, open borders have allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities,” Trump said.
He spent a great deal of time speaking about violent immigrants, despite evidence that shows immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than American-born residents.
His administration recently expanded its attacks on sanctuary cities, angering mayors across America.
But Trump didn’t have a single word during, his extremely long address, about the far more widespread and deadly violence and terror from white supremacists, including the deadly riot last summer in Charlottesville.
When neo-Nazis flooded into a college town in Virginia, complete with a torch-lit march at night, Trump blamed “many sides” for the violence. He described the violent racists as “very fine people.”
Those injured and killed by white supremacists got no thoughts or prayers at Trump’s first State of the Union speech. That’s the direction Trump’s Department of Justice has taken too.
Earlier this month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a statement linking terrorism and immigration, accompanying a horribly racist cherry-picked report. That report ignored the far more dangerous and deadly threat of domestic terrorism.
And Trump also ignored that threat in his address, focusing instead on immigrants and gangs, suggesting they were one and the same, while giving a pass to white, American-born criminals.