Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Trump Slams Foreign Threats but Enables the Enemies Within

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Trump Slams Foreign Threats but Enables the Enemies Within

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Byline: STATESIDE With US Editor Christopher Bucktin

ONCE again, a piece of America was turned into a war zone. And once again, the victims were innocent people going about their everyday lives, this time mostly elderly people practising their religion.

The murder of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue marked a week of extraordinary violence in the United States.

For the most part, the country was left on edge as an alleged white supremacist sent 14 pipe bombs to two former Presidents, celebrities and anyone else they felt opposed Donald Trump.

Elsewhere a man killed two black people at a grocery store in Kentucky. The shooter had tried to enter a black church minutes earlier.

The alleged gunman, Gregory Bush, is claimed to have spared one man's life due to the colour of his skin, telling him "whites don't kill whites".

But while Trump and his administration will have you believe any threat to the States will likely come from those abroad, the danger it now faces has nothing to do with the likes of the Central Americans currently walking north.

As Trump rails against foreigners and refugees, it's important to remember that the pipe bomb suspect, Cesar Sayoc, is not a foreign terrorist.

Nor is mass murder suspect Robert Bowers, who allegedly shouted "all Jews must die" after he burst into the Pittsburgh synagogue, nor is Gregory Bush.

They are not Mexicans, Muslims or refugees - they are Americans who grew to hate anyone who doesn't think as they do.

No one will know whether these events would have happened without President Trump's rhetoric over the last two years.

It's true that political violence is nothing new. There have been anthrax and ricin scares, mass shootings. There have also been violent protests that turned deadly, and assassinations.

You can't just look at whomever the perpetrator supports and say they are culpable. …

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