As we head into the weekend, people around the world are still mourning the 49 people killed in attacks on two New Zealand mosques, and wrestling with what can be done to counteract the threat of white supremacist violence around the globe.
- In Washington, Congressional Republicans had joined Democrats in an attempt to block Trump’s efforts to declare a national emergency at the Southern border of the US. But Trump vetoed the resolution, and pledged to move forward with using federal funding to build a wall between the US and Mexico.
- In defending his border security strategy, the president again referred to Central American migrants as an “invasion,” and talked about criminals streaming across the border. “People hate the word invasion, but that’s what it is,” Trump said.
- The president’s comments mirrored the anti-immigrant rhetoric of a document that surfaced online justifying the New Zealand mosque attacks, which included a series of white supremacist conspiracies, including describing immigration as “an invasion on a level never seen before in history.”
- White nationalism is “not really” a rising threat, the president also told reporters, in response to questions about the New Zealand shooting. “I think it’s a small group of people.”
- At the same time, an estimated 1 million students around the world skipped school on Friday to protest government inaction on climate change. From Australia and New Zealand, to Asia, Europe, Africa, North America and South America, students took to the streets. Organizers said there were more than 2,000 protests in 125 countries. Read our full coverage here.
Mosques. Synagogues. Black churches. Leftwing politicians.
In the past eight years, across continents, white supremacists have repeatedly chosen the same targets for shootings, stabbings, bombings and car attacks.
Here’s a look at the ongoing toll of global white supremacist terror:
President Trump’s 2020 election campaign is now using the President’s standoff with Congress over funding for the border wall as a fundraising opportunity.
The Hill reported than an e-mail sent out under Trump’s name asked supporters to donate in the wake of Trump’s first veto, which he used to defy members of Congress who opposed his move to declare a national emergency at the border.
“I need you to contribute to the most important fund of my presidency – the OFFICIAL WALL DEFENSE FUND,” the e-mail read.
Bernie Sanders’ campaign staff has unionized, the first major party presidential campaign to do so, my colleague Lauren Gambino reports.
The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 will be representing the campaign workers.
“When candidates practice what they preach, it sends powerful message that they’ll deliver on their promise to strengthen union rights and level the playing field between workers and employers,” the union tweeted, hailing move for “making history.”
In the crowded field of Democrats running for president in 2020, releasing early fundraising numbers has been a way for candidates to demonstrate how much support they have — and how serious a challenge they might pose to their opponents.
But Beto O’Rourke, who launched his presidential campaign with a glamorous Vanity Fair cover and photographs by Annie Leibovitz, told reporters today that he was choosing not to release his fundraising figures.
51 women and girls are suing the U. S. Olympic Committee, its officers, directors and national governing board for failing to prevent sexual abuse by former coaches and national team doctor Dr. Larry Nassar, the Denver Post reported.
Lois Beckett here, taking over the blog.
But his public remarks this afternoon, defending his attempt to declare a national emergency at America’s Southern border, came in the immediate wake of what appeared to be a white supremacist terror attack on two New Zealand mosques that left 49 people dead.
A document linked to the mosque shooter justified the attack by suggesting that nonwhite immigration was an “invasion.”
As The Week put it, “Trump just called immigration an ‘invasion.’ So did the New Zealand shooter.”
More from Donald Trump’s remarks before vetoing the congressional resolution to block his national emergency at the southern border, where he doubled down on his portrayal of immigrants as invaders and criminals:
He called it a “reckless resolution” and said, “Congress’s vote to deny the crisis on the southern border is a vote against reality.”
“It is a tremendous national emergency. It is a tremendous crisis,” Trump said.
Trump claimed there was an “invasion” of migrants storming the US border.
“People hate the word invasion, but that’s what it is. It’s an invasion of drugs and criminals and people, we have no idea who they are,” he said.
Trump said that immigration detention centers were “bursting at the seams” but he was unwilling to release more people.
“When you release them they come into our society and in many cases they’re stone cold criminals,” he said. “You have killers coming in and murderers coming in.”
Beto O’Rourke, speaking in Iowa, said he is “no longer sure” single payer healthcare is the best solution, according to a Wall Street Journal reporter.
He also declined to release early fundraising figures.
Trump: White nationalism “not really” a growing threat
Donald Trump said white nationalism is “not really” a growing threat when asked about the issue in light of the deadly mosque shooting in New Zealand, according to Voice of America.
He said he did not see the shooter’s manifesto.
The ACLU reacts to Trump’s veto, per PBS:
Donald Trump gave the pen he used to sign a veto of the resolution to a mother whose child was killed by someone in the country illegally, per AP.