The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

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.

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

Close