Given President Donald Trump’s long racist history, there’s no surprise that investigators discovered that the accused terrorist, who wanted to create a “white homeland,” was apparently ready to attack if Trump was impeached.
Investigators said that Christopher Paul Hasson, a Coast Guard officer, conducted online searches that included “what if trump illegally impeached” and “civil war if trump impeached” after searching computer files at his suburban Maryland home, Politico said Wednesday when his arrest was reported.
Federal authorities took Hasson, a white supremacist, into custody on Friday. Investigators discovered a stockpile of illegal drugs and weapons in his home that they allege were part of a plot to commit acts of mass terrorism.
“Liberalist/globalist ideology is destroying traditional peoples esp white. No way to counteract without violence. It should push for more crack down bringing more people to our side. Much blood will have to be spilled to get whitey off the couch,” Hasson wrote in a draft email.
His hit list reportedly included several outspoken Trump critics: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of New York, Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California, as well as TV hosts like Don Lemon, Van Jones and Joe Scarborough.
This isn’t the first time that a white domestic terrorist targeted Trump opponents. In October 2018, authorities arrested Cesar Sayoc Jr., 56, of Aventura, Florida for allegedly mailing more than a dozen bombs to politicians and liberal activists who criticized the president.
White supremacists quickly embraced Trump early in his presidential campaign, which began with a speech in which he described Mexicans who entered the United States illegally as criminals and rapists. His racially divisive rhetoric continued into his presidency.
One of his lowest moments came in the aftermath of the 2017 violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump defended the white nationalists as “very fine people.” It was a watershed moment in Trump legitimizing White supremacist groups.
White supremacists are counted among Trump’s most ardent supporters in his battle to build a wall along the border with Mexico and his political moves to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, or DACA.