Dem Senators Demand DOJ, FBI Prioritize Radical Right-Wing Terrorism

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From the Long Overdue News Department, today’s reminder that Donald Trump, who campaigned on using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism,” has to this day still never publicly uttered the phrase "far-right radical terrorism" or anything like it:

A group of Democratic senators, including three 2020 presidential candidates, on Thursday called for the FBI to rescind a recent change to the way it classifies domestic terrorist incidents, arguing that the move plays down the threat of white supremacy. [...]

In the letter, the senators said the FBI has created a new category — “racially-motivated violent extremism” — that “inappropriately” combines white-supremacist incidents with those involving “Black identity extremists.”

The letter is welcome recognition that the rise of white nationalism, and its accompanying tide of hateful violence, is an issue of presidential-level concern, and may well become a focus of campaign 2020 rhetoric.

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