The investigation into the Donald Trump-incited storming of Capitol Hill on January 6th by a rabid mob of his fanatical supporters is unfolding at rapid pace — and it has unearthed some deeply disturbing information.
Navy investigators discovered that a U.S. Army reservist who helped try to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power, Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, was widely known as a white supremacist who openly bragged about his “hatred of Jews,” reports POLITICO.
44 of his colleagues at Naval Weapons Station Earle, where Hale-Cusanelli worked as a security contractor with a secret-level security clearance were interviewed about his prejudices; 34 of them agreed that “extremist or radical views pertaining to the Jewish people, minorities, and women” and one of his supervisors admitted she’d had to admonish him for wearing a Hitler mustache to work. A different supervisor, who wrote a letter defending him, admitted that Hale-Cusanelli would “walk up to new people and ask ‘You’re not Jewish, are you?’”
In case anyone needed some evidence, Hale-Cusanelli’s phone was happy to provide:
But Hale-Cusanelli’s phone was packed with vile anti-Semitic and racist propaganda, as well as selfies sporting his Hitler mustache on the job and in private. He also hosted a YouTube channel espousing these views. https://t.co/wlOGSWibFi pic.twitter.com/hTwm6rJSfM
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) March 13, 2021
Though his lawyer argued that Hale-Causanelli had committed no violence during the riot and was not a “formal member” of any white supremacist groups, prosecutors weren’t buying it.
“If nothing else, the events of January 6, 2021, exposed the size and determination of right-wing fringe groups in the United States, and their willingness to place themselves and others in danger to further their political ideology,” wrote Assistant U.S. Attorney James Nelson.
The case of Hale-Cusanelli shows how deeply white supremacists, neo-Nazis and right-wing extremists have infiltrated our armed forces and law enforcement — and the staggering degree to which these kinds of heinous beliefs are tolerated and brushed under the rug. The behavior described by his supervisors would be grounds for instant termination in any normal workplace, and there clearly needs to be a serious investigation into the HR department at Weapons Station Earle.
Who shows up to work with a Hitler mustache?