Jeh Johnson: Trump Emboldened 'Large Strand of America that Is Racist'

Jeh Johnson: Trump Emboldened 'Large Strand of America that Is Racist'


Former Obama administration Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said Friday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” that former President Donald Trump “emboldened” a “large strand of America, that is racist.”

Johnson said, “A lot of us would like to believe with the election of a black president 12 years ago, we finally put aside our legacy, our racist legacy in this country. Unfortunately, there is still a strand, a large strand of America, that is racist, that is intolerant, that is highly susceptible to the so-called great replacement misinformation that is out there.”

He continued, “We saw this Charlottesville. We saw this on January 6th. We had a president, the last president, who peeled the lid off of this racist strand in our country. And they feel emboldened right now, and we see attacks on Black churches, on mosques, on synagogues.”

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Johnson added, “Are most Americans racist? No. But

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