The federal government had a plan to combat #right-wing_violence. Trump axed it in June.
As outcry continues to mount over President Donald Trump’s latest round of comments about the domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, an outstanding question for many Americans is one about policy: What, if anything, will the federal government do to help combat far-right white extremism?
The Obama Administration had implemented at least the beginnings of such a plan while in office but, in late June, Trump’s Department of Homeland Security eliminated a federal grant of $400,000 for Life After Hate, a nonprofit organization working to de-radicalize neo-Nazis and #white_supremacists.
The decision received only minimal attention at the time, but has now been thrust into the limelight as Trump’s comments on Tuesday raise renewed questions over how his administration will respond to the violence which directly led to one death and 19 injuries in Charlottesville over the weekend.
But shortly after Trump took office, then-DHS Secretary John Kelly ordered a review of the $10 million [DHS’ Countering Violent Extremism] CVE program, and in June, the Department canceled _Life After Hate’_s funding (along with another $866,687 grant to UNC-Chapel Hill researchers in order to develop a program to combat white supremacist propaganda online).