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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nationalreview.com: “Rep. Jamaal Bowman Backs Added Security at Capitol: ‘Threat of White Nationalists is Real’ | National Review”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
Representative Jamaal Bowman (D., N.Y.) on Thursday expressed support for an extension of security measures at the U.S. Capitol, saying additional resources are needed “because the threat of white nationalists and white supremacists is real.”
During an appearance on MSNBC, Bowman said white nationalists “are continuing to organize and galvanize across the country.”
“There are many examples of them infiltrating law enforcement across this country so we have to make sure the Capitol is protected and our elected officials are protected but we also have to be proactive we cannot take the threat of white nationalism lightly,” the progressive congressman said.
He cited the 2018 Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh that left eleven people dead, as well as the 2015 Charleston church shooting that killed nine people as evidence of white supremacists making their “presence felt” over the last several years. He also noted the Christchurch, New Zealand mosque shootings which killed 51 people in 2019.
He said the events, as well as the January 6 rioting at the Capitol, show “we have to do everything we can to protect ourselves and protect the Capitol.”
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