November 17, 2017 10:04 am -

Know your domestic enemies:

The Department of Homeland Security’s head of outreach to religious and community organizations resigned on Thursday after audio recordings revealed that he had previously made incendiary remarks about African-Americans and Muslims while speaking on radio shows.

In a 2008 clip, the Rev. Jamie Johnson, who was appointed by the Trump administration to lead the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, told radio listeners that the black community had “turned America’s major cities into slums because of laziness, drug use and sexual promiscuity.” He also said black people were anti-Semitic because they were jealous of Jewish people, according to audio posted by CNN.

A Homeland Security official confirmed Mr. Johnson’s resignation after CNN published the audio on Thursday. John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, had appointed Mr. Johnson to the department in April during his brief tenure as secretary of Homeland Security.

The Hill reports:

On another, he told listeners that “[Islam] is not a religion of peace,” adding: “I agree with [conservative political commentator] Dinesh D’Souza, your friend and mine, who says all that Islam has ever given us is oil and dead bodies over the last millennia and a half.”

Great — one of the generals that Sleazy Uncle Dotard put in charge of a major national security agency put a Bible-thumping bigot in charge of “outreach.”

To whom? The KKK? White nationalists? Neo-Nazis? Because Rev. Johnson’s bigoted bloviation matches the pattern reported here and here of white American evangelicals supporting bigotry and white supremacy.

It begs the question: how many other racists have Trump and his wrecking crew installed in positions of power?

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.