White supremacist groups could attack Tulsa race massacre anniversary events, Department of Homeland Security warns

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A mural commemorating the 1921 Tulsa race massacre painted on the side of Mad Dog Liquors June 18, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma

  • Monday will mark 100 years since the Tulsa race massacre destroyed “Black Wall Street.”
  • Several events will take place over the weekend, including a visit by President Joe Biden.
  • White supremacists could target the commemorative events in racially charged attacks, the DHS warned.
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Monday will mark 100 years since the Tulsa race massacre destroyed “Black Wall Street,” and the US Department of Homeland Security has warned that white supremacist groups might target events commemorating it.

“We assess those upcoming commemoration events associated with the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre in Oklahoma probably are attractive targets for some racially or ethnically motivated violent extremist-white supremacists to commit violence,” the department said, according to a memo obtained by NBC News.

The memo did not mention any specific events, but Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin said that his forces have plans in place to ensure a Monday visit by President Joe Biden goes smoothly.

“We are going to be hopefully overprepared. I want a bunch of policemen working, and my hope is none of them have to take any action, but we are prepared if need be,” he said during a press conference.

Franklin also said that the public should remain vigilant throughout the weekend, and should report sightings of unattended packages and large vans in odd places. “If anyone sees anything suspicious, across our city, report that, ” he added.

Read more: Meet the young entrepreneurs rebuilding Tulsa’s booming ‘Black Wall Street’ 100 years after a white mob burned it down

About 15,000 people are expected to attend commemorative events over the coming weekend, the Department of Homeland Security said.

There will be a candlelight vigil, a nationally-televised ‘Remember & Rise’ event featuring John Legend and Stacey Abrams, and a prayer wall dedication event, according to Oklahoma’s News 4.

The Tulsa race massacre saw mobs of white residents attack Black residents and businesses in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921. Somewhere between 30 and 300 people died, mostly Black people, according to the Britannica Encyclopedia.

The massacre destroyed more than 35 square blocks of the wealthiest Black community in the US, CNBC said.

It has been referred to as the “single worst incident of racial violence in American history,” according to the Oklahoma Historical Society.

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Anti-Defamation league calls on Fox News to fire Tucker Carlson after host embraces white supremacist “great replacement theory” on air

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson

  • ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt sent a letter to Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott asking for Tucker Carlson to be fired.
  • On Thursday, Carlson openly embraced the white supremacist Great Replacement theory.
  • The racist theory alleges that masses of foreigners are invading the US to strip white Americans of political power.
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The Anti-Defamation League has called for Tucker Carlson to be fired a day after the Fox News host openly embraced the white supremacist Great Replacement conspiracy theory on air.

“Given his long record of race-baiting, we believe it is time for Carlson to go,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a letter to Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott.

On Thursday night, Carlson alleged that Democrats were “importing a brand new electorate” of “Third World” immigrants to “dilute” the political power of Americans.

He referenced the replacement theory, a well-known racist philosophy that has inspired racist violence and mass murder in the US and around the world for years and presumes that white, western populations are facing a demographic ticking clock in multicultural societies.

A Fox News spokesperson told Insider that Carlson was making an argument about voting rights.

“I know that the left and all the little gatekeepers on Twitter become literally hysterical if you use the term ‘replacement,’ if you suggest that the Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate – the voters now casting ballots – with new people, more obedient voters from the Third World,” Carlson told his audience of millions. “But they become hysterical because that’s what’s happening, actually. Let’s just say it. That’s true.”

The letter sent by the ADL was first reported by CNN Business. In it, Greenblatt condemned Carlson’s “open-ended endorsement of white supremacist ideology.”

“This is not legitimate political discourse,” Greenblatt wrote in the letter to Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott, according to CNN.

Demonizing immigrants is a recurring theme in Carlson’s show, with the host once saying that immigrants make the country “dirtier.”

In recent years, replacement theory has been referenced at the white supremacist march on Charlottesville in 2017, where extremists shouted slogans like “Jews will not replace us” and killed peaceful protestor Heather Heyer, and the 2019 El Paso Walmart mass shooting, where a white gunman intentionally targeted predominantly Latino victims.

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US Army reservist charged in Capitol riot was a Nazi sympathizer who sported a ‘Hitler mustache’ to work, federal prosecutors reveal

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Riots at the US Capitol Building.

  • Court documents published by Politico offer an insight into a Capitol rioter’s white supremacist ties.
  • Hale-Cusanelli worked at a New Jersey naval facility where he held secret-level security clearance.
  • Investigators found that Hale-Cusanelli’s coworkers could recall numerous incidents of racist behavior.
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A US Army reservist who is charged with taking part in the Capitol riot was well-known by his co-workers as a “white supremacist,” according to new evidence from federal prosecutors.

Among many other revelations, court documents first published by Politico also reveal that Timothy Hale-Cusanelli was a Holocaust denier who shaved his beard into a “Hitler mustache” and regularly praised the Nazis.

The evidence against Hale-Cusanelli resulted from an extensive investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

NCIS special agents interviewed 44 members of the NWS Earle Security Forces, where Hale-Cusanelli worked and held a secret-level security clearance, in a bid to keep him in prison while he awaits trial following his January 15 arrest.

Of the 44 people interviewed, a majority – 34 – agreed with the description of Hale-Cusanelli as “having extremist or radical views pertaining to the Jewish people, minorities, and women,” according to the court documents.

An unnamed Navy Petty Officer stated that the Capitol rioter had said that “Hitler should have finished the job.”

One Navy Seamen said that Hale-Cusanelli had once said that “babies born with any deformities or disabilities should be shot in the forehead.” He also recalled an incident where he said that if he were a Nazi, he would “kill all the Jews and eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.”

A supervisor told investigators that she once had to discipline Hale-Cusanelli for wearing a “Hitler mustache” to work.

The results of these interviews were published as was a rebuttal to a letter of support from Sgt. John Getz. Hale-Cusanelli’s supervisor wrote a letter to the court urging them to release him on bond, adding that he was “appalled at how he [Hale-Cusanelli] was slandered in the press in regards to him being a white supremacist.”

Prosecutors, however, pointed out that previous statements from Getz contradicted this assertion. He had previously said that Hale-Cusanelli was a “Nazi sympathizer” and a “Holocaust denier.”

The Capitol rioter’s lawyer argued that his client should not be detained pending trial. He told the court that Hale-Cusanelli is not charged with a crime of violence and is not a Nazi sympathizer, according to the court documents.

Prosecutors dismissed these claims, citing photographic evidence of Hale-Cusanelli sporting a Hitler mustache, numerous racist photos saved on his phone, and a now-deleted YouTube channel of his in which he expressed hateful views.

Hale-Cusanelli is one of the many insurrectionists believed to have been a white supremacist. Groups in and around the Capitol wore regalia associated with far-right, racist, and extremist groups on January 6, Insider’s Susie Neilson and Morgan McFall-Johnsen previously reported.

Following the Capitol siege, the FBI had to screen troops from the DC National Guard to ensure that they did not have ties to far-right ideologies. This put the Pentagon under increasing pressure to address white supremacist ties within the US military, Insider’s John Haitlwanger said.

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‘The enemy is within’: Pelosi echoes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s warnings about GOP members who’ve ‘threatened violence’ against Democrats

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is seen during a press conference on January 21, 2021.

  • Pelosi said “the enemy is within” about certain GOP lawmakers who’ve tried to carry weapons in the Capitol. 
  • Ocasio-Cortez said she and others members “still don’t yet feel safe around other members of Congress.”
  • Greene has repeatedly accused Pelosi of treason and advocated for her to be given the death penalty. 
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi argued on Thursday that some Republican lawmakers, who she accused of “threatening violence” against their Democratic colleagues, are “the enemy” within the House.

Pelosi appeared to back Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other Democratic lawmakers who’ve claimed that some GOP members pose a threat to them in the wake of the deadly Capitol siege on January 6. 

“I do believe … that we will probably need a supplemental, more security for members when the enemy is within the House of Representatives – a threat that members are concerned about, in addition to what is happening outside,” Pelosi said during a press briefing. 

When asked to clarify her remark, Pelosi added, “It means that we have members of Congress who want to bring guns on the floor and who have threatened violence on other members of Congress.” 

Some Republican members of Congress helped spread conspiracy theories that the 2020 election was stolen by Democrats – lies that helped motivate the pro-Trump mob to invade the Capitol as Congress certified the Electoral College count and finalized President Joe Biden’s victory. 

Ocasio-Cortez told CNN last week that “a very considerable amount” of Democratic lawmakers “still don’t yet feel safe around other members of Congress” following the siege. She condemned GOP Rep. Andy Harris, who last week attempted to violate House rules and bring his concealed gun onto the House floor. 

“The moment you bring a gun onto the House floor, in violation of rules, you put everyone around you in danger,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “It is irresponsible. It is reckless.”

A man who allegedly took part in the Capitol riot also posted death threats against Ocasio-Cortez online. 

Far-right GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia released a campaign ad last year that showed her holding an assault rifle next to photos of Ocasio-Cortez and two other progressive congresswomen of color. Facebook removed the ad, citing its policy prohibiting violence and incitement.  

“GOP lawmakers campaigned with images of them cocking guns next to photos of myself,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted earlier this month. “Now they are trying to violate DC law and House rules to sneak guns onto the House floor two weeks after a white supremacist insurrection that killed 5 people. Why?”

Greene has also repeatedly accused Pelosi of treason and advocated for her to be given the death penalty. 

Pelosi also condemned the House Republican leadership on Thursday for their handling of Greene, who has trafficked in a slew of conspiracy theories, including lies about mass shootings at American schools. Pelosi expressed outrage over GOP leaders’ recent decision to assign Greene to the House Committee on Education and Labor. 

“Assigning her to the Education Committee when she has mocked the killing of little children at Sandy Hook Elementary School,” she said. “When she has mocked the killing of teenagers in high school … what could they be thinking? Or is thinking too generous a word?”

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