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Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

By David Badash / The New Civil Rights 

 

In a stunning interview, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen falsely suggests there are two sides to violent white supremacy, and is advocating for a “both sides” approach.

Just a few weeks before the one-year anniversary of the deadly “Unite the Right” rally of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, white nationalists, and other members of the dangerous “alt-right,” one of the top people in the federal government whose job it is to secure the “homeland” is protecting the very people who are attacking those who live here.

“I think what’s important about that conversation is, it’s not that one side is right, one side is wrong,” Secretary Nielsen told NBC News’ Peter Alexander Thursday afternoon, when asked specifically about the August 2017 Charlottesville rally that left one woman, Heather Heyer, dead.

Nielsen did note, “Anybody that is advocating violence, we need to work to mitigate.”

ThinkProgress’ Aaron Rupar reports that afterwards, in a follow up with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, “Alexander said, ‘there wasn’t a condemnation of white nationalism and white supremacy that I think a lot of people would want to hear from the secretary of Homeland Security on this issue.'”

“You heard her in their own words,” Alexander continued. “They were striking to me and I think striking to a lot of people in the room.”

In the video, as Secretary Nielsen delivers her “both sides” remarks, echoing the infamous words of President Donald Trump last August, Alexander moves his head down, almost as if he’s embarrassed or ashamed of her comments.

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)