Last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, the 1,500 or so Confederate monuments around the United States shot to the front of the national political conversation thanks to thousands of white supremacists who gathered to “protest” that city’s plans to remove a statue of General Robert E. Lee. Those “protests” ended in the deaths of three people.
A number of Republican Senators came out against the white supremacists who gathered in Charlottesville — but did they do enough? According to the hacking collective Anonymous, the answer to that question is no.
On Friday, hackers using the moniker Anonymous published a purported list of the personal phone numbers of nearly two dozen GOP Senators. As the hackers pointed out in their message going along with the list, posting tweets condemning white supremacy and taking concrete actions to stop the white supremacy in the White House are two completely different things.
The message going along with the numbers reads, in part:
‘We are not seeing real action being taken from the legislative branch to rid our country of a national security threat that is Donald J. Trump. In a matter of less than a week, he’s taken us to the brink of war — both international and domestic — as he continues to destroy core American Values we believe in today, that which are Justice, Freedom, and Equality.’
Indeed; besides the fact that the president has come out in implicit support of the white nationalists who gathered in Charlottesville, equating them with other protest movements, he’s also continued to drag the struggling United States towards war. He did so, in part, through refusing to let up on his belligerent rhetoric towards North Korea, making statement after statement that are the exact thing that the North Koreans want to use as justification to launch an attack against us.
With this in mind, the hackers behind Friday’s leak of alleged personal phone numbers of GOP Senators want our Congresspeople to do more than post tweets containing easy condemnations of white supremacists.
Some of the numbers included in the document are to various field offices of the covered GOP Senators, while others seem to be disconnected. The fact that at least a portion of the numbers are disconnected doesn’t mean they weren’t legitimate — of course Senators are going to change their numbers if they’re leaked by Anonymous.
Watch a video message posted to YouTube by “TheAnonJournal” that goes with the purported leak below.
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