|Donald Trump had previously lashed out to his political opponents for being gutless and naive. As they used ‘violent extremism’ to describe the nature of the global and domestic terrorist threat. He said that anyone who could not name our enemy is not fit to lead this country. Furthermore, he said that we have an administration and former secretary of state who refuse to say ‘radical Islamic terrorism’.|
This contradicts between Trump’s rhetoric and the reality of terrorism. A database created by the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting produces a different picture of threat. There were 63 cases of Islamist domestic terrorism from 2008 to 2016 whereas 115 right-wing domestic terrorism. Yet, Donald Trump has to acknowledge the threat of right-wing terrorism.
Instead, with the statements, policies and personnel appointments the president has shown an obsession with the Islamist terrorism. When running for election he promised to institute a ‘shutdown of Muslims’. He signed two executive orders to implement his agenda although barred from court, later.
Most influential advisers in his team at the White House were, retired Lt-Gen. Michael Flynn – who had a record of making such remarks as ‘fear of Muslims’ and ‘I don’t see Islam as a religion’ and chief strategist Stephen Bannon – who had called Islam a ‘religion of submission’ and created fear that radical Muslims wanted to create an ‘Islamic States of America’.
While the president failed to see and acknowledge a wave of a postelection surge in hate crimes against Muslims, Jews and Blacks. He changed his team’s plan to Counter Violent Extremism to exclusively work on the threat of Muslim radicals. Assigning the Department of Homeland Security for the task. He has tried to use some data to justify his narrow approach.
“According to data provided by the Department of Justice, the vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism and terrorism related offences since 9/11 came here from outside of our country,” he claimed in a speech to the Congress, before signing the order. “We cannot allow our nation to become a sanctuary for extremists”.
On examining the terrorism related incidents from 2008 to 2016, one could clearly see that only 36 perpetrators were foreign born 13% of the total. And only three came from Somalia a nation listed in his second travel ban.