A self-proclaimed white supremacist and neo-Nazi has been arrested on gun and drug charges, though much more damning charges are expected to be filed soon following the discovery of weapons stockpiled in his Silver Springs, MD home. Also discovered were letters and unsent emails regarding potential targets in a plot he hoped would maximize damage and lead to a “white homeland.”
What makes this even more discouraging is that Christopher Paul Hasson is a U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant.
Coast Guard lieutenant amassed weapons and planned a mass terrorist attack targeting politicians and journalists, court records say https://t.co/xUYpMe0uaq
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 20, 2019
The capture of this disturbed man is a huge win for law enforcement and those who help protect us from similar dangers. It also acts as a warning to all of us that in a world loaded with fake news about hate crimes, there really are people who live with hate and want to kill through hate.
The more we learn about him, the harder it is to attach to a political ideology outside of hatred. While nearly every news outlet on the left is claiming he was somehow inspired by or encouraged by President Trump, their only evidence is his proclivity for targeting people critical of the President. Yet his writings seemed to have no feeling for Trump other than as a means to an end; he wanted to somehow kill nearly everyone and viewed an impeachment of Trump as a catalyst to begin his reign of destruction.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting there’s no connection between his list of intended victims and the President, but to say that the President somehow encouraged or inspired this many is like saying Dan Rather inspired Jussie Smollett. Rather was careless with his reporting and didn’t intend to perpetrate a hoax. Smollett was intentional in his deceit and selfishly motivated.
People like Christopher Paul Hasson are part of the reason it’s so important that we remain diligent. It’s easy to dismiss potential situations based on all the false hate. When real danger prepares to strike, we can’t be caught off guard.