Former RNC Chair: Trump Is ‘Probably Not Happy’ Terrorist Plot Against Dems Was Thwarted
It took President Donald Trump a few days before he made any public comment about a recently foiled terrorist plot that aimed to kill several prominent Democratic lawmakers and presidential contenders, as well as members of the media who have reported negative stories about the current chief executive.
Despite the clear aims of the assailant, Trump defended his rhetoric in the wake of the revelations. “I think my language is very nice,” the president said, according to reporting from MSNBC.
Trump mentioned the plot for the first time on Friday, and only after he was questioned by members of the media. So why did it take so long for the president, who happily tweeted about other news events since Wednesday, when the plot was made public, to say something about it?
Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele believes he has the answer. According to Steele, we shouldn’t be shocked at this point by Trump’s behavior, especially when it comes to far-right domestic terrorism.
“Why would we be surprised that a self-proclaimed nationalist would not speak out against a self-proclaimed white nationalist? Why are we acting like this is a space that Donald Trump is gonna go in on behalf of the American ideal? No, he’s not,” Steele said, per reporting from Fox News.
Steele suggested that he’s not going to condemn such threats against his political foes because he doesn’t want to offend a radical segment of his base.
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“These are his people, alright?” Steele said. “And he’s not gonna thank law enforcement because he’s probably not happy about what law enforcement did.”
Steele concluded by also stating he didn’t have an optimistic viewpoint of how Trump was going to change anytime soon.
“I’m not just gonna dress it up and be all ‘pie in the sky’ and hopeful that ‘Oh maybe in the next incident, Donald Trump will actually get it right, that he will have matured in his presidency enough to act like a president,'” Steele explained.
Trump’s reaction to previous terrorist plots against progressives have also been lacking. In the fall of last year, just before the midterm elections when prominent Democrats were being targeted with homemade pipe bombs, Trump continued with his plans to hold a campaign event in Wisconsin, telling audience members there he was calling for “peace an harmony” between the parties.
Minutes later, he went into vicious rhetorical attacks against Democrats, according to reporting from the Atlantic. He also refused to accept any responsibility for the violence, saying his rhetoric wasn’t to blame but that the media was. News organizations have “a responsibility to set a civil tone,” he said at the time.