Federal jurors convicted three men on Wednesday of plotting to blow up an apartment complex where Somali refugees live and pray in Garden City, Kan. The domestic terrorism verdict came at a time when threats against religious and racial minorities are rising nationally, and the case drew interest from the highest levels of the Justice Department.
“The defendants in this case acted with clear premeditation in an attempt to kill people on the basis of their religion and national origin,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “That’s not just illegal — it’s immoral and unacceptable, and we’re not going to stand for it.”
At least the New York Time is willing to actually call these men what they are - domestic terrorists. Even Sessions condemned them, as much of a racist, white supremacist slimeball as he is.
Does this conviction represent a turning point against racist, white supremacist domestic terrorists? Probably not. I'm betting that large portions of the right are celebrating these men as heroes or martyrs instead of condemning them for attacking freedom of religion and hating the First Amendment so they're bad Americans and traitors and deserve to rot in prison.
I am glad they were convicted. I hope this becomes the norm. I'm just bitter as all hell.