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The House Homeland Security Committee will have a domestic terrorism hearing on Sept. 12
by Nathan'ette Burdine: August 17, 2017

On September 12, 2017, the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on the growing threat of domestic terrorism.

After the deadly attacks in Charlottesville, Virginia, Ranking Member Bennie Thompson (D-MS) asked Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) to hold a hearing on the rising threat of white supremacist groups to the nation’s security.

White supremacists held a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, under the guise of them protesting the removal of Confederate statues.

The rally quickly turned violent and resulted in Heather Heyer being killed. James Alex Fields Jr. has been charged in the death of Heather Heyer.

President Donald Trump has been under fire for his equating the progressive left with the white supremacist groups like the alt-right, KKK, and Neo-Nazis.

During a press conference on Saturday and Tuesday, Trump remarked that “there was violence on many sides.”

He also questioned whether the alt-right group was similar to the KKK and Neo-Nazis when he sarcastically asked a reporter to define alt-right for him.

His comments resulted in condemnation from several Republicans which included Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell(R-KY), former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.

Thompson wrote a letter to McCaul expressing his concern that nothing was being done to address the rising threat that white supremacist groups pose to America’s security.

Thompson wrote, “Unfortunately, it has become clear we cannot count on President Trump for action. Even before he was elected, many of us were concerned that his unwillingness to denounce and distance himself from white nationalists would be taken as tacit support by those ready to use violence to advance their racist ideology. As leaders of the legislative branch of government, we must stand up to all ideologically-motivated violence.”

McCaul responded back to Thompson, letting him know that he agreed with him.

McCaul wrote to Thompson, “We must stand together and reject racism, bigotry, and prejudice, including the hateful ideologies promoted by Neo-Nazis, the KK, and all other white supremacy groups. They do not define who we are as American and their repulsive values must not be allowed to infect our neighborhoods and spread violence in our communities.”

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