The State Department’s deputy spokesperson Jalani Porter declared America’s police a bigger national security threat than ISIS in a 2016 Facebook post.
“The largest threat to U.S. national security are U.S. cops. Not ISIS, not Russian hackers, not anyone or anything else,” the post read according to a screenshot from the Washington Free Beacon. “If y’all don’t wake up and rise up to this truth, the genocide against Blacks in America will continue until we are near extinct. That’s not the world I seek to live in or create for myself and those around me.”
From the Daily Caller:
Her comments were made Sept. 20, 2016 and appear to reference the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher by police officers in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A patrol car’s dashboard camera showed Crutcher raising his hands and walking towards the officers before being fatally shot.
“An unarmed Black man takes a knee for justice, bigots riot,” Porter wrote in the post according to the Washington Free Beacon. “An unarmed black man (with his hands raised) takes a bullet and dies, these same bigots are silent. Explain this to me, please.”
At the time Porter made the post, ISIS was considered the most dangerous terrorist group in the world. The organization was known for its mass casualty attacks, its takeover of large parts of Syrian and Iraqi territory, and its brutal treatment of religious minorities and homosexuals. Her comments came after the ISIS-inspired Pulse Nightclub earlier in the year, which at the time was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
After an aggressive U.S. campaign, ISIS was largely destroyed by 2019 and lost all of its territorial gains. It has since been replaced by the Taliban as the world’s most dangerous terror group.
Porter’s comments may have been a foreshadowing of things to come for Democrats, who have now seen some of their base get behind a push to defund police departments across the country amid accusations of brutality against minority populations.
Violent crime has been on the rise in major cities across the country, including in cities where police funding has been cut or allocated to other priorities.
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