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White House advisor suggests mosque attack could have been ‘fake’ hate crime

Sebastian Gorka
Sebastian Gorka

For The Huffington Post, Marina Fang reports: “Sebastian Gorka, a White House national security adviser, defended President Donald Trump’s silence on an explosion at a Minnesota mosque by suggesting it could have been a fake hate crime ‘propagated by the left.’ When asked on MSNBC Tuesday why Trump had yet to publicly comment on the Saturday incident, Gorka said the president wants to wait until he learns more about it. Trump, though, often is quick to comment on other attacks, particularly those carried out by Muslims.  ‘When we have some kind of finalized investigation, absolutely,’ Gorka said of whether Trump would respond to the bombing at the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington. He then suggested the attack could have been a ‘fake’ hate crime.”

At MPR Laura Yuen says, “It took the FBI fewer than 24 hours to acknowledge last year’s stabbing attack at a St. Cloud shopping mall as a possible act of terrorism. Dahir Adan, a 20-year-old Somali-American man, stabbed 10 people at the Crossroads Center mall last September before he was shot dead by an off-duty cop. … But following Saturday’s bombing of Bloomington’s Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center, law enforcement and local media outlets have yet to use the word ‘terrorism’ in describing the incident.” 

Also, in the Strib, Pat Pheifer writes: “People of all faiths, all ages and all races came together Tuesday evening at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington to show their support and denounce the destruction wrought from an explosive hurled into an imam’s office Saturday morning. The crowd of at least 1,000 people gathered on the back lawn of the mosque and listened to more than 20 speakers — imams, priests, rabbis and lay people. … U.S. Sen. Al Franken spoke, as did U.S. Rep. Tim Walz and other elected officials. Walz called the crowd ‘the best of what humanity has to offer’ and said the bombing was ‘a cowardly act of terrorism.’”

Harteau speaksMPR’s Brandt Williams talks to the former Minneapolis Police Chief: “Janeé Harteau says she did all she could to rush back to the city last month from a hiking trip after hearing one of her officers, responding to a 911 call, had shot and killed the caller. But by the time she returned, the damage was done. The killing of Justine Ruszczyk by officer Mohamed Noor sent the city reeling and morphed into an international incident. Nearly a week later, Harteau was out, with Mayor Betsy Hodges demanding her resignation. That blindsided the chief, who says now she initially didn’t realize the depth of anger ignited by the shooting — or the political fallout to come. “I wasn’t in a place where I could see what was happening,” Harteau, 53, told MPR News in her first media interview since her ouster.”

To give you some idea of the effect diabetes has on health care, Stribber Jeremy Olson writes: “One in 16 privately insured Minnesotans suffer a ‘loss of good health’ due to diabetes, according to a new analysis by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, which adds up to thousands of people who will never reach their full life expectancies or will suffer chronic disabilities. The analysis, released Tuesday, is based on a new national Blue Cross ‘health index’ tool that estimates the prevalence and cost of diseases in states and counties based on the private insurance claims of 40 million Americans.”

The horror! Tax money for … streets!? MPR’s Dan Kraker tells us, “‘I’ve got a news flash: Duluth streets are in terrible condition.’ That’s how Duluth Mayor Emily Larson kicked off a press conference Tuesday announcing a plan to hike the city sales tax 0.5 percent for up to 25 years to help repair the city’s 450-mile network of dilapidated streets. For Duluth residents, the state of the city’s long-suffering streets is no news flash. A recent survey showed more than 90 percent of Duluth residents lacked confidence in the city’s streets.” But, a tax increase! Can’t we close some schools or lay-off the fire department instead?

A nearly lifetime gig. Jim Paulsen of the Strib reports, “After 31 years with the Minnesota State High School League, nearly all of them as the league’s executive director, Dave Stead announced Tuesday that he plans to step down from the position Feb. 1. … Stead, 74, began his career with the league in 1986 and was officially named executive director in March 1988. He is the longest-serving executive director in league history and the nation’s second-longest tenured leader of a state high school athletic association.”

Unlocked. Says Mary Divine in the PiPress, “The Stillwater prison, on lockdown since a fight broke out among inmates in the A-West housing unit on Saturday, is returning to normal operation, prison officials said Tuesday afternoon. Minnesota Department of Corrections officials are still investigating the cause of the brawl at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater, said spokeswoman Sarah Fitzgerald. … After the brawl broke out at about 9:30 a.m., the prison, which is in Bayport, was locked down and inmates were required to stay in their cells instead of going to work in the prison or participating in other programs, Fitzgerald said.”

As you probably guessed. Paul Walsh of the Strib reports, “The wrong-way SUV driver who killed a motorist near Northfield was extremely drunk at the time of the late-night crash, according to a felony charge filed in the death of an Iowa attorney driving home from the Bruno Mars concert in the Twin Cities. … Law enforcement then took Dellwo to jail, where a preliminary breath test revealed his blood alcohol content to be 0.266 percent, more than three times the legal limit for driving in Minnesota.”

Comments (10)

  1. Submitted by Curtis Senker on 08/09/2017 - 08:52 am.

    History is replete with examples if fake, or false flag “hate crimes”. To suggest this could be another, given the obvious motive, is neither outlandish or misplaced.

    • Submitted by Henk Tobias on 08/09/2017 - 11:12 am.


      History is awash in actual hate crimes with a huge uptick in hate crimes against Muslims since Donald Trump started his campaign for President. He stoked fear against Muslims during his campaign and his during his time in office, in fact here in Minnesota days before the election and not far from this terrorist bombing he made a fear mongering speech about Somalis in Minnesota. Given this History, I can understand why his spokesman would make his misguided claims, Conservatives have made dodging the consequences of their actions an art form, but the scales are falling from the eyes of the American people. Trump is being revealed for the liar and the fraud that he is.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 08/09/2017 - 11:37 am.

      Why Should It Matter?

      This should be a no-brainer: It is very, very wrong to bomb a house of worship, whatever the motive.

      It is neither outlandish nor misplaced to say that goes for mosques too, right?

      • Submitted by Frank Phelan on 08/09/2017 - 12:20 pm.

        Motive Most Certainly Does Matter

        The reason we punish hate crimes with more severity is that the crime is intended to cause harm to an entire group of people as opposed to just one or a few.

        • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 08/09/2017 - 01:06 pm.

          Well, Yes

          I was actually directing my comment to the idea that the President doesn’t need to condemn the bombing because we don’t know who did it, or why.

    • Submitted by Pat Terry on 08/09/2017 - 11:40 am.


      While there have been a number of Trump supporters who have faked attacks, the violence against Muslims has been very real.

      You also have to consider that Gorka is a habitual liar and extreme anti-Muslim bigot.

      • Submitted by Hal Davis on 08/09/2017 - 03:32 pm.

        Re Gorka

        Some background from The Forward at

        a series of reports in the Forward on Gorka’s ties to far-right groups in Hungary, including the Vitézi Rend, an honorary order listed by the State Department as having been “under the direction of the Nazi Government of Germany” during World War II.” Members of the group “are presumed to be inadmissible” to the United States under the Immigration and Nationality Act.

        Applicants for U.S. visas and American citizenship are required to list all the organizations to which they belong, which helps immigration officials flag those with extremist backgrounds. In their letter to Homeland Security and the Justice Department, Durbin, Cardin and Blumenthal asked the administration to look into whether Gorka had “falsified his naturalization application.”

  2. Submitted by Pat McGee on 08/09/2017 - 08:56 am.


    Sadly, Harteau was disconnected from all semblance of the realities of working with the community and her own department. In truth, she was/is all fluff and no substance widely known throughout the city of Minneapolis as “the photo op cop”.

    There was no transparency under her administration which turned a blind eye to the many inequities within the department as well as the community. Her “leadership” team acquiesced at every turn.

    Let’s hope the new chief cleans out the dead wood in the front office of MPD and appoints real leaders. Those with the courage to make and implement decisions. Oh, and be fair.

  3. Submitted by Frank Phelan on 08/09/2017 - 09:41 am.

    St. Cloud & Bloomington

    One significant difference between the St. Cloud and Bloomington attacks is the while the St. Cloud attacker was determined immediately (he was shot and killed), we still have no idea who perpetrated the recent Bloomington attack.

    At the end of the day, it would be nice if POTUS would denounce an attack on a house of worship, even if he needs to do whatever he can to hold on to his shrinking base.

  4. Submitted by Joel Stegner on 08/09/2017 - 12:01 pm.


    This so-called Trump advisor has history – he is associated with an Eastern European fascist organization of which his father was a key member. This is sort of like a Nazi denying the Holocaust or a KKK member suggesting slaves were well off.

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