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Joe Biden in tense confrontation with Breitbart writer over Trump’s comments on white supremacy

Joe Biden in tense confrontation with Breitbart writer over Trump’s comments on white supremacyFormer vice president Joe Biden was confronted by a Breitbart writer at the Iowa State Fair, providing a tense moment on Trump and neo-Nazis



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Tucker Carlson: Advertisers abandon Fox News host after he says 'white supremacy is a hoax'

Tucker Carlson: Advertisers abandon Fox News host after he says 'white supremacy is a hoax'Advertisers are deserting Fox News’ primetime host Tucker Carlson, who called white supremacy “a hoax” in the wake of a mass shooting thought to be racially motivated."The whole thing is a lie,” Mr Carlson said live on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Tuesday. “It’s actually not a real problem in America … This is a hoax, just like the Russia hoax. It’s a conspiracy theory used to divide the country.”Mr Carlson’s comments came three days after a gunman suspected of writing a white supremacist manifesto referencing a “Hispanic invasion” opened fire in a Texas supermarket, killing 22 people, including eight Mexican citizens.Hours later, the hashtag FireTuckerCarlson began trending on Twitter, with thousands of people calling for consumers to boycott the show’s advertisers. A Nestlé spokesperson confirmed to The Independent on Friday that the company, which placed adverts on the programme within the last three months, has no plans to do so again in the future. America’s largest fast seafood chain Long John Silver confirmed to watchdog Media Matters that they would no longer be advertising on Fox News, after reportedly running adverts nearly every day in 2018. The FBI has made more than 100 arrests relating to domestic terror in 2019, already higher than the previous year’s total.FBI director Christopher Wray in July attributed the majority of these cases to “white supremacist violence”, but Mr Carlson dismissed such concerns on Tuesday.“If you were to assemble a list, a hierarchy, of concerns or problems this country faces, where would white supremacy be on the list? Right up there with Russia probably,” he said. ”It’s actually not a real problem in America.”Mr Carlson’s choice of language, previously condemned as racist and misogynistic, has cost him advertisers in the past.More than 20 companies deserted his show in December after he claimed immigration made the US “dirtier”. Several more followed suit in January after he suggested that women earning more money than men was bad for society.Fox News has stuck by its presenter throughout the controversy, while watchdogs and campaigners intensified calls for his removal.By March, the number of advertisers on his programme had halved from roughly 36 to 18 per show, according to the Hollywood Reporter.“We cannot and will not allow voices like Tucker Carlson to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts from the likes of Moveon.org, Media Matters and Sleeping Giants,” the broadcaster said in a December statement. The Independent approached Fox for comment on Friday.Donald Trump, of whom Mr Carlson has long been an ally, was also heavily criticised after the El Paso massacre.Top Democrats, including Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, decried the president’s recent use of racist language as emboldening white supremacists.Ms Ocasio-Cortez said the president, who in his 2016 campaign described Mexicans as “in many cases, criminals, drug dealers and rapists”, was ”directly responsible for what happened in El Paso”, according to the New York Daily News.Mr Trump spent a tumultuous Wednesday visiting El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, where a second mass shooting also took place on Saturday.El Paso’s congresswoman Veronica Escobar would not meet the president until he discussed how his “racist and hateful words and actions” had harmed her community and country, she said on Twitter.



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Fox News host Tucker Carlson dismisses white supremacy as 'a hoax'

Fox News host Tucker Carlson dismisses white supremacy as 'a hoax'* Carlson: ‘It’s actually not a real problem in America’ * El Paso massacre suspect posted anti-immigrant screedTucker Carlson said of white supremacy: ‘Just like the Russia hoax, it’s a conspiracy theory used to divide the country and keep a hold on power.’ Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesTucker Carlson, the Fox News host who regularly echoes Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant “invasion” rhetoric, has described white supremacy in America as a “hoax” and a “conspiracy theory”.Coming just days after a Texas man allegedly killed 22 people in El Paso after posting a manifesto complaining of a “Hispanic invasion”, the prime-time news star defended the president from criticisms of his rhetoric by disputing that Trump ever “endorsed white supremacy or came close to endorsing white supremacy”.“If you were to assemble a list, a hierarchy of concerns, problems this country has, where would white supremacy be on the list? Right up there with Russia probably. It’s actually not a real problem in America,” Carlson told his audience on Tuesday night.Claiming that the white supremacy issue was being used by Democrats as a political tool, Carlson continued: “This is a hoax. Just like the Russia hoax, it’s a conspiracy theory used to divide the country and keep a hold on power.”Carlson also claimed all the white supremacists in America could fit inside a football stadium before repeating his belief that white supremacy in the US is a non-existent problem. He went on to insist that he’s “never met anybody – not one person – who ascribes to white supremacy”.The host’s comments were made even as the FBI stated last month that it considers a majority of the growing number of domestic terrorism cases as versions of white supremacist violence.The suspect in the Walmart shooting on Saturday that left 22 people dead and injured dozens more posted an anti-immigrant manifesto minutes before the rampage highlighting his support for a gunman in Christchurch, New Zealand, who killed 51 people at two mosques in March.According to FBI data, since 2011 suspects with ties to white extremism have carried out at least 17 “active-shooter” attacks, or attacks defined by the agency as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area”.After the mass shooting at a food festival in Gilroy, California, last month, the FBI confirmed it considered that attack to be a potential case of domestic terrorism.The gunman in that incident, 19-year-old Santino Legan, had been exploring violent ideologies and had drawn up a list of potential religious and political targets.A study by the New York Times published this week indicated the growing international ideological connections between attackers as well as repeated referencing by later gunman to previous incidents.In keeping with the attackers in Christchurch and El Paso, the gunmen in Poway, California, and Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania, posted white nationalist views online before launching their assaults. Both the El Paso and Poway gunmen praised the Christchurch shooter in manifestos posted online.While the extent to which online message boards such as 8chan are used as a conduit for violent ideologies, the role of the mainstream media remains clouded.Carlson is not alone at his channel in attempting to minimize the role of white supremacy ideology in the current wave of attacks. The media publication Media Matters this week accused Fox News of attempting to “mainstream” the white supremacist conspiracy theory of “replacement”.“Adding to its pattern of mainstreaming toxic extremism, Fox News regularly echoes and sanitizes the dangerous white supremacist conspiracy theory that non-white immigrants represent the threat of ‘replacement’ to white populations,” the publication wrote.“This racist talking point has already inspired massacres and hate crimes around the world.”



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Tucker Carlson Responds to Critics After Calling White Supremacy a Hoax: ‘Calm Down’

Tucker Carlson Responds to Critics After Calling White Supremacy a Hoax: ‘Calm Down’Chip Somodevilla/GettyFaced with calls for his ouster from Fox News after claiming the issue of white supremacy is a “hoax,” Tucker Carlson on Wednesday doubled down and in a “sincere message” to those he outraged claimed it was they who need to “calm down.” “I want to take a second to pass on a sincere message to officials in Washington and particularly to our colleagues at the other cable news channels,” the conservative host said in a video message addressing the condemnation of his remarks. “And it’s this—please, for the sake of the nation, calm down.” During his primetime Fox News broadcast on Tuesday night, Carlson took aim at critics of President Donald Trump who say his anti-immigrant rhetoric emboldened the El Paso shooter accused of killing 22 people. Claiming it was “just a lie” that Trump ever “endorsed white supremacy or came close to endorsing white supremacy,” Carlson, who’s repeatedly used the same Hispanic “invasion” rhetoric found in the manifesto the suspected shooter apparently posted, went on to say white supremacy is “actually not a real problem in America.”“It’s a hoax,” he added. “Just like the Russia hoax, it’s a conspiracy theory used to divide the country and keep a hold on power.”The Fox News star’s remarks sparked immediate outrage and backlash. In his response on Wednesday, Carlson briefly acknowledged that racism is indeed a problem in America before going on to list off other problems he feels are much worse, such as the national debt and a “fading middle class.”After having told everyone to calm down, Carlson said that “people know” that America “is in decline” and are therefore terrified, which is the reason they voted for Trump and are turning to new leaders.“This is a time of frustration and a time for change,” he added. “It’s a hard time for America.”Carlson concluded his video message by saying America is full of decent people of all races who “make bad decisions from time to time” but “mean their best.”“So going forward, give them the benefit of the doubt,” he declared. “Even when you disagree with them. Maybe especially when you disagree with them. These are your fellow Americans, cut them a break. They deserve it. And remember, the alternative is disaster.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Fox News host Tucker Carlson says white supremacy is ‘not a real problem in America’

Fox News host Tucker Carlson says white supremacy is ‘not a real problem in America’‘This is a hoax. Just like the Russia hoax, it’s a conspiracy theory,’ Tucker Carlson continued to say on his show Tuesday evening.



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Tucker Carlson: White Supremacy Is a ‘Hoax’ and ‘Not a Real Problem in America’

Tucker Carlson: White Supremacy Is a ‘Hoax’ and ‘Not a Real Problem in America’Three days after a Texas man allegedly killed 22 people in El Paso after apparently posting a manifesto complaining of a “Hispanic invasion,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson said white supremacy is not a problem in the United States and is actually a “hoax” and a “conspiracy theory.”Carlson, who regularly spouts the same anti-immigrant “invasion” rhetoric the El Paso shooter is believed to have espoused in a racist manifesto, hit back against those who say President Trump’s rhetoric on immigration may have emboldened the suspected shooter. The Fox News star claimed it is “just a lie” to say Trump ever “endorsed white supremacy or came close to endorsing white supremacy.”Crediting the president for condemning white supremacy while addressing the recent mass shootings, Carlson not only blasted critics of the president but took it a step further and dismissed the issue of white supremacy altogether, saying “the whole thing is a lie.” “If you were to assemble a list, a hierarchy of concerns, problems this country has, where would white supremacy be on the list? Right up there with Russia probably. It’s actually not a real problem in America.”After asserting that one could fit all the white supremacists in America within a football stadium, the Fox News primetime star—who has repeatedly claimed racism is essentially a non-existent problem— then mocked the idea of white supremacy being an issue in this country.“It’s a hoax,” he declared.  “Just like the Russia hoax, it’s a conspiracy theory used to divide the country and keep a hold on power.”Moments later, during an interview with frequent guest Victor Davis Hanson, Carlson insisted he's “never met anybody—not one person—who ascribes to white supremacy.”“I don't know a single person who thinks that's a good idea,” he added. “I don't—I mean, they are making this up, and it's a talking point which they are using to help them in this election cycle, obviously, because Russia died.”The New York Times, meanwhile, recently highlighted how white extremist ideology is a major driving force in deadly mass shootings. Furthermore, the FBI said last month that the majority of domestic terrorism cases they’ve recently investigated are versions of white supremacist violence. Besides the El Paso shooting, at least a dozen people were killed over the past year in two separate synagogue attacks in Poway, California, and Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania, both of which were tied to alleged gunmen who had expressed white nationalist views online beforehand. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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El Paso shooting: Trump administration cut programmes to fight far-right extremism and white supremacy in US

El Paso shooting: Trump administration cut programmes to fight far-right extremism and white supremacy in USDonald Trump’s administration had previously taken steps to cut programmes aimed at identifying and fighting far-right extremism or white nationalism, an apparent motive that inspired the shooter who opened fire in El Paso, Texas, over the weekend.In the aftermath of that shooting on Saturday that left 22 dead, a debate surrounding domestic extremism has bubbled to the top of American discourse, with many denouncing Mr Trump’s rhetoric as a racist dog whistle encouraging white nationalists and supremacistsAnd, even as the president on Monday denounced white supremacy and hatred, residents of El Paso and terrorism experts have questioned the administration’s 2017 decision to cut funding for the Obama-era Countering Violent Extremism Programme, which allocated $ 10 million to fight the kinds of domestic extremism seen this past weekend, and other measures.“I think, clearly, the events of this last weekend, and the events of the last several years have shown that writ-large not enough is being done to counter violent extremists and right-wing violent extremists,” Colin Clarke, a senior researcher and terrorism expert with the Soufan Centre, told The Independent.“Even if you step away from the data, anecdotally, this is a pretty steady drumbeat since Charlottesville,” he continued, referring to the demonstrations in Virginia in 2017 in which a white supremacist killed a young woman.In addition to ending that 2016 programme, the Trump administration halted more than $ 1.3 million in grants to organisations dedicated to fighting online extremism, and to helping neo-Nazis hoping to reform.Those actions came as America experienced a spike in the number of far-right extremist attacks, from two incidents in 2007, to 31 in 2017. And, just last month, FBI director Cristopher Wray testified that white supremacism made up the majority of domestic terrorism cases his agency faces.“I will say that a majority of the domestic terrorism cases that we’ve investigated are motived by some version of what you might call white supremacist violence, but it does include other things as well,” Mr Wray said during testimony before the Senate judiciary committee.It’s an issue that has been on the minds of those in El Paso as the city begins to heal after the Saturday shooting, with residents of the Texas city urging Mr Trump to reinstate the Obama-era measures that could potentially combat the kinds of extremism that has landed the city in the middle of that latest American tragedy.That includes Evelyn Shelton, a student of forensic science at the University of Texas at El Paso, who was with a friend on Monday looking at the wall of flowers and crosses that have been placed overlooking the Walmart shopping centre where the shooing took place.“It’s really upsetting that he wanted to talk about immigration. Immigration is not the problem here,” Ms Shelton said of Mr Trump’s response to the shootingAsked about the anti-domestic terror schemes, she said: “If we have groups that have hatred towards certain groups they should be monitored.”Her friend, Yerian Antonetty, 19, who is studying psychology, said she had seen the president’s tweets. “People are grieving, and he should not be trying to benefit from it,” she said.Of the Obama-era schemes, she said: “It’s something that should be funded. A lot of these people are violent, and there are certain [people] they don’t want around.”Another mourner, Ursula Breckinbridge, 77, said she agreed with the president that mental health was an issue, but that fighting extremism appears to be a real issue facing America.“He had to be mentally ill,” she said of Saturday’s shooter. “You can’t be shooting at people like that if you were in a normal state.”Asked about whether the president should be targeting white extremists, she said: “I don’t want to speak badly of the president but, yes, it’s something he should do.”She added: “I am sure the president will do something. He has to do something.”



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Trump Directly Condemns White Supremacy After El Paso Mass Shooting

Trump Directly Condemns White Supremacy After El Paso Mass ShootingWhite HouseDonald Trump has directly condemned white supremacy and bigotry in the wake of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, allegedly carried out by a suspect who published a racist, anti-immigrant screed.The president was speaking after a weekend of bloodshed in America. The El Paso shooting left 21 people dead and 25 injured. Less than 24 hours later, another shooter attacked Dayton, Ohio, killing nine and injuring at least 27 others for reasons that have yet to be confirmed.“The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online consumed by racist hate,” the president said in remarks from the White House on Monday morning. “In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated.”In his speech, Trump said his administration would focus on ending the supposed glorification of violence in society, introducing stronger background checks for gun owners with mental-health issues, and said those behind mass shootings would face the death penalty.From El Paso to Christchurch, a Racist Lie Is Fueling Terrorist AttacksThe president said he would “shine light on the dark recesses of the internet” to stop mass murderers before they begin and criticized “gruesome video games.” He also pledged to change mental-health laws to “better identify mentally disturbed individuals” and floated the radical solution of subjecting them to “involuntary confinement” if they are seen as a risk.“Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun,” he said.Trump said that he wants those who commit “hate crimes and mass murders” to face the death penalty, which he said he wanted to be “delivered quickly, decisively, and without years of needless delay.” On gun control, Trump said he wants to make sure that people who pose a “grave risk to public safety” don’t have access to firearms, and that if they do obtain them they can be taken away from them “through rapid due process.” Earlier in the day on Twitter, the president urged Congress to pass new background-check laws but suggested that he wanted them to be tied to immigration reform.Accused El Paso Walmart Shooter Apparently Posted Racist Manifesto Before Attack“It is not up to mentally ill monsters, it is up to us,” said the president. “If we are able to pass great legislation after all of these years, we will ensure that those who were attacked will not have died in vain.”Trump also slipped up toward the end of his speech, referring to the Ohio shooting as having happened in Toledo rather than Dayton.The president’s statements on mental health and his apparent lack of commitment to gun control were immediately criticized by Democrats. Sen. Cory Booker said: “White supremacy is not a mental illness, and guns are a tool that white supremacists use to fulfill their hate.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Trump condemns white supremacy, racism after shootings

Trump condemns white supremacy, racism after shootingsPresident Donald Trump on Monday denounced white supremacist extremism and racism and said mass murderers should be “quickly” executed in a strongly worded response to two gun massacres over the weekend. Facing a blizzard of accusations that his own anti-immigrant rhetoric has fueled radicals across the country, Trump used his live address from the White House to issue an unusually direct condemnation of racists. Trump’s statement, responding to massacres in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, was markedly different from his usual line minimizing the dangers of white supremacist attacks.



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White House condemns Steve King ‘white supremacy’ comments as ‘abhorrent’

White House condemns Steve King ‘white supremacy’ comments as ‘abhorrent’The White House has condemned embattled Republican Representative Steve King for questioning why terms like “white supremacy” and “white nationalist” have become offensive. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the comments from Mr King, a politician from Iowa known for a history of controversial remarks over race and immigration were “outrageous” and “inappropriate”. “Steve King’s comments were abhorrent,” Ms Sanders told reporters outside of the White House.



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