Trump Ignores Arrest Of Neo-Nazi Terrorist, Tweets About Jussie Smollett
1. Jussie Smollett’s arrest overshadows coverage of a neo-Nazi domestic terrorist: As Jussie Smollett was arrested for allegedly filing a false police report about being attacked by Trump supporters in Chicago, the news of the stunning thwarted terrorist attack was seemingly overshadowed. President Trump chose not to remark on the news of the arrest of alleged neo-Nazi and US Coast Guard Lt., Christopher Paul Hasson, who was planning a deadly attack on prominent Democrats and members of the media. Trump did, however, choose to tweet about Jussie Smollett.
And as we saw, the media seemed to take the same cue, as many of the online publications strived for clicks rather than weighing coverage on the importance of the events at hand.
I really wish it weren’t so easy to predict that legacy media would screw this up. https://t.co/vdihNjE7XZ
— Adam (@aalali44) February 21, 2019
I wrote about the Jussie Smollett case for The Independent and spoke about how although it does do a disservice to victims of real hate crimes, it doesn’t diminish their stories, nor does it detract from the surges in radical right-wing terrorism around the U.S. The piece makes sure to cover the bigger story of the neo-Nazi terrorist plot.
2. House resolution to block Trump’s national emergency declaration: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has said that the House will be voting on a resolution to block President Trump’s national emergency declaration. Democrats have slammed the declaration as an abuse of power intended to solve a manufactured crisis with an unnecessary wall. The resolution will surely pass the Democratically-controlled House since it only needs a simple majority to pass. It’s unclear if it will pass the Senate, but if it does, the White House has signaled President Trump will veto it. The courts will likely be where this emergency declaration is held up.
3. New NC-09 election: After a long inquiry int the election fraud in North Carolina’s 9th district, officials have ordered a new election between Republican candidate Mark Harris and Democratic candidate Dan McCready. Harris had led McCready by 900 votes but the evidence that Harris’ campaign financed illegal get out the vote efforts including forging absentee ballots has shrouded the election in illegitimacy. Looks like the voters of the 9th district will have another chance to decide their fate.
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