Homeland Security senior adviser promoted birtherism, said Obama knew ‘nothing about the black American experience’
Frank Wuco has served as the White House adviser to DHS since January and now leads a team tasked with helping to enforce President Donald Trump’s executive orders, including the administration’s travel ban. Before that, he hosted a conservative talk radio show in Florida for several years and appeared as a guest on other talk radio shows . CNN’s KFile reviewed more than 40 hours of audio of Wuco’s show and his other appearances. KFile’s examination found that Wuco’s controversial commentary went beyond discussion of Islamic terror. On the radio, Wuco said Obama knew nothing of the “black American experience,” defended the initial speculation in the media that Muslim extremists were responsible for the mass killing in Norway, and said that gay people had hijacked the word “gay” from happy people. Tyler Houlton, the acting press secretary at DHS, told CNN in a statement, “Mr . Wuco works every day to keep the American people safe by helping to implement the President’s security-focused agenda, including raising the global bar for vetting and screening of potential terrorists . Years-old comments cherry picked from thousands of hours on the air have no bearing on his ability to perform his job for the American people.” Promoted birtherism
Wuco also used his platform as a radio host to promote the debunked conspiracy theory that Obama was not born in the US . In August 2011, Wuco hosted Jerome Corsi, author of “Where’s The Birth Certificate: The Case That Barack Obama Is Not Eligible to Be President.” On his website, Wuco promoted the discussion by calling Obama’s then-recently released long-form birth certificate “a questionable document.” Wuco said Corsi’s book “laid it out in very significant detail, not just why it’s important that (Obama) present better credentials on his status as a natural born citizen, but a lot of the things that surrounded it and where it is important as to the constitutionality of just being able to get your name on the ballot.”
Later, Wuco asked Corsi why people were disengaged with the birth certificate issue, saying Corsi made “a good case” for, and asked why Americans didn’t seem to care about “the significance of this.” Wuco’s criticism of Obama extended beyond his birthplace to how Obama presented himself as a black man . He said in one radio episode that Obama knew “nothing about the black American experience.”
“This person, not only does he, with the exception of the color of his skin, not only does he sort of lay a very false claim on his identification with the black American experience, he has no idea what it is . But people don’t care,” Wuco said in December 2012, supposedly quoting a friend in Chicago. “And I find that disturbing that he has really gotten away with presenting himself as this representative of the black American community, when he grew up during his formative years in one of the best neighborhoods in Honolulu, Hawaii, in a mixed race neighborhood that consisted of whites, affluent Asian, and children of high-ranking military officers,” Wuco continued. “This is the neighborhood he grew up in .
He knows nothing about the black American experience.” In October 2011, Wuco criticized Obama for sounding “super ethnic” when he speaks to black audiences. “One thing that I noticed with Barack Obama is that whenever he addresses, whether it’s the Congressional Black Caucus or now it’s the Martin Luther King Memorial, he all of a sudden sounds like he’s playing the part of an African-American preacher in a movie,” Wuco said. “He all of a sudden becomes, you know, super ethnic, super, you know — he doesn’t talk like that . This guy’s from Honolulu, Hawaii . I’ve been there a bunch of times . I was in the Navy . There’s nobody in Honolulu who walks around speaking like a revival preacher . Something that Barack manages to do.” Lamented the “Zimbabwe-fication” of America
Racial tensions between blacks and whites also came up on Wuco’s radio program . In one December 2012 episode, he criticized a “Saturday Night Live” monologue by Jamie Foxx, the star of the film “Django Unchained,” in which Foxx plays an escaped slave who seeks to free his wife and take vengeance on her owner. “I kind of call this the Zimbabwe-fication of America, where it is now, we’re now being encouraged to find glamour and humor in race-baiting violence against certain people, if you are a celebrated person in this country,” Wuco said, referencing violence against the white population in Zimbabwe.
“I’m talking about Jamie Foxx who, I’m just going to come right out and say it, the guy’s a racist, plain and simple . He’s a racist . There’s no excuse for it .
There’s no, I don’t care if people say, ‘Well, he’s a comedian,’ and his dull-witted and just absolutely indifferent response on a morning talk show this week, ‘Yeah yeah well I’m a comedian . So you know you shouldn’t take me too–‘ Listen, it’s repetitive with him now.” Wuco continued, “I mean on, I’m talking about the ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit last week where he was talking about ‘How black is that?’ You know, ‘We have Barack Obama as president . How black is that?” And this ‘How black is that’ monologue went on until he talked about his movie Django . And he says, in the end of it, he gets to kill all the white people and then he says ‘How great is that?’ And that’s disturbing to me . It’s not great . It’s not cool.” In January 2013, Wuco attacked Colin Powell for his condemnation of racism in the Republican Party. “Let’s just stop right here and figuratively just slap this guy in the face for the stupid things he’s saying,” Wuco said of Powell. “Who the hell does this guy think he is ?
He is basically, he’s accusing anybody who has ever pointed out that perhaps somebody is exhibiting lazy habits, or laze, or a lackadaisical attitude on a certain aspect of their discipline, their work discipline, or their intellectual discipline, or something, that if that person is black you cannot use the word lazy because it necessarily means that you’re a racist.” Wuco also mocked Powell for saying the phrase “shucking and jiving” is racist. “You cannot use terms like shuck and jiving, in which I’ve used before,” Wuco said. “I did not know that it was a racist term from the South . In my ignorance, am I a racist without knowing it?”
Comments about LGBT rights Wuco frequently discussed his opposition to efforts to expand LGBT rights on his show, in particular his opposition to the Obama administration’s decision to end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy employed by the US military. In July 2011, Wuco said that the repeal would put a burden on straight members of the military to handle the situation maturely.
“There is no fairness in this issue,” Wuco said, “In fairness to me you know, the burden now falls on the straight member of the military to be, you know, stable, steady, mature enough to handle the very likely possibility that that he is going to be the object of another man or a woman’s desire while he is, you know, sharing you know, shower facilities.”
“Bringing it up from the rear so to speak, we will cover the the gays in the military issue,” Wuco would say, and “we’re going to bring it up the rear, so to speak, with the gays and the Navy issue.” In another episode, Wuco made fun of Admiral Mike Mullen, Obama’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who supported the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, saying he “bent over and took it” from Obama. “With the Hollywood-friendly Admiral Mullen at the helm of our great military ship, it’s no mystery that our top flag officer bent over and took it like a man from the President and check-writers in Congress,” he said. “Another reason Mullen will probably be one of the most forgettable and weak figures in Joint Chiefs history.”
Wuco also criticized gay-straight alliances in high schools in another episode, saying there was nothing straight about them. “This has been a very, very intelligently executed campaign by gay advocacy groups to get gay education into our schools,” Wuco said in December 2011.
“There’s some very slick sort of, you know, publicity things that the homosexual community has done, like hijacking the word gay, which used to mean sort of footloose, fancy free, happy . It used to mean happy, happy and carefree, doesn’t anymore . I want to recapture the word.” In a June 2012 episode, Wuco repeatedly joked about openly gay congressman Barney Frank’s marriage and made gay jokes about Frank and his partner. “Barney Frank weds his longtime boyfriend Jim Ready . I guess Jim, was ready for Barney’s Frank and they got married in Boston,” Wuco said. “Awe, isn’t that sweet . You know what . You know what’s just gross about that . I mean really gross .
I mean it’s not that the two guys got married — I’ll talk about that in a different category . But what’s gross is that Barney Frank is 72 years old and this other guy Jim Ready . Jim who is ready for Barney’s Frank — is 42 years old .
30 years Barney Frank’s Junior . And I always I have these bold Hollywood predictions and they are normally true . They normally come true, I’m fairly accurate on my bold Hollywood predictions, in this case it is a bold Washington D.C .
prediction,” he said, “and that is that Jim Ready will leave Barney Frank . I give them about two or three years on the outside and I’ll take it even a step further — and this is not to condescend over the the romantic appeal of a guy like Barney Frank to somebody like Jim Ready — but something tells me that that Jim Ready may leave Barney for a real woman, not Barney Frank.” Frank and Ready are still married.
Defended initial speculation Norway attack was Islamic terror In July 2011, Wuco defended the initial speculation that Muslim extremists were responsible for the mass killing of 77 people in Norway, which was actually perpetrated by a right-wing extremist . Wuco criticized the head of the Islamic Society of North America, Safaa Zarzour, for lamenting in a Los Angeles Times article that the speculation of Islamic terror was confirmation that Muslims are guilty until proven innocent.
“I don’t think that what is sad about this event, Mr . Zarzour, is that people thought it was the Muslims. ‘They blamed us,'” Wuco said, while mock-crying. “It’s victimology,” he continued. “It’s the game they’re good at and, quite frankly, I’m really disgusted by it.”‘
He added, “Listen, if it quacks like a duck, if it looks like a duck, smells like a fish, it’s a duck with a fish in its mouth.”
Later in the episode, Wuco said that he didn’t know what people possibly could have thought other than it was Islamic terrorism, until it was revealed that a far-right terrorist was behind the attack.
Security preparations for New Year’s Eve celebrations in New York’s Times Square will be altered following a botched suicide bombing in a subway tunnel, the city’s counterterrorism chief has said. Akayed Ullah, 27, has ben charged with terrorism crimes after detonating a pipe bomb in the pedestrian tunnel on Monday. John Miller, deputy commissioner for intelligence and counterterrorism, said the New York Police Department will carry out an “immediate” and “in-depth” review of the attempted attack. He said: “This is the first time I believe that we have seen an individual with a suicide bomb in mass transit and actually have that bomb function.
“So we’re going to take a hard look at it.”
Image: Attack suspect Akayed Ullah
Plans for security in the New Year will also consider other attacks such as the Las Vegas sniper shooting on 1 October, in which 58 people were killed and more than 500 people wounded, Mr Miller said. An increased police presence will be seen around mass transit and public gatherings, he added. In the short term, that will likely mean more heavily armed and specially trained officers on the streets, as well as more police dogs, bag screenings and checkpoints. Chemicals inside the pipe bomb ignited, but the pipe itself did not explode, officials have said.
Ullah, from Bangladesh, was seriously hurt in the blast during Monday morning rush hour . But the malfunctioning device resulted in only minor injuries for three other people. Acting US attorney Joon Kim said Ullah planned to “murder as many human beings as he could.. . in support of a vicious terrorist cause”. Court papers filed by federal prosecutors claim he told police officers after the blast that “I did it for Islamic State”. He is believed to have begun viewing pro IS material online in 2014 and prosecutors claim he carried out the attack because he was angry over US policy in the Middle East. On the morning of the attack, he posted on his Facebook page1 “Trump you failed to protect your nation”.
He has been charged with providing material support to terrorists and using weapons of mass destruction. Ullah could appear in court on Wednesday via video link.
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Investigators in Bangladesh are questioning his wife, officials told Reuters news agency . The couple have a six-month-old boy.
President Donald Trump claimed the bombing underlined a need for changes to the US imigration system, which he clamed is “lax” and “allows far too many dangerous, inadequately vetted people” into the US.
Salford house fire family had been living under threat and security was increased before devastating attack
The family of Michelle Pearson had been living under threat before the devastating attack. Demi Pearson, 14, Brandon, eight, and sister Lacie, seven, died after a blaze broke out on Jackson Street in Walkden at 5am on Monday morning. Five people have since been arrested in connection with the fire, and police have launched a murder investigation.
The M.E.N . has learned that security had been stepped up at the mid-terrace property. Sources confirmed to the M.E.N . that the house had been target hardened to protect the family living there from attack. Measures included the fitting of an increased security device on the letterbox.
Police confirmed that the force had very recent physical contact with the family – understood to be within 24 hours of the devastating attack.
The Manchester Evening News understands that police had been called there to a reported incident at the house at around 2am, around three hours before the blaze took hold. As well as the possibility that a flammable liquid was poured through the home s letterbox, there have also been reports that the perpetrator used scaffolding to launch the attack, although there has been been no confirmation of this by Greater Manchester Police. Chief Supt Wayne Miller confirmed at a press conference held at Swinton police station that there had been earlier incidents at the address, but refused to elaborate further or confirm the nature of the call.
As a result of the prior police contact GMP has voluntarily referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) in line with procedure.
The police chief said: There have been earlier incidents at the address and consequently a referral to the IPCC has been made. Asked whether the tragedy is being linked to organised crime, Chief Supt Miller said the force was keeping an open mind and did not comment further. He added: This is a fast moving live investigation and we have a major investigation team with scores of dedicated detectives working tirelessly.
The devastated older brother of the three young children who were killed has spoken of the moment he tried desperately to save them. Speaking about the horrific incident, Kyle Pearson told the M.E.N: I fell asleep and the next thing I knew was I could hear my mum screaming, Fire! . There was lots of smoke so I climbed out of an upstairs window.
I ve gone to get back in but a cloud of smoke hit me in the face.”
I can t get my head around it . It s disgraceful.
I tried to break the front door down and smashed a window, but I couldn t get in because of the flames and the smoke.”
Timeline of events
Monday, December 11
Police were originally called to the house following an incident, around three hours before the fire service were alerted to the blaze.
Firefighters raced to the family s mid-terrace home on Jackson Street in Walkden, Salford, after reports of a large fire.
Early reports from the fire service said that six people were taken to hospital . The street was closed off and transport bosses warned people to avoid the area.
Investigations into the blaze continued . Firefighters remained at the scene to monitor the house for any remaining hotspots.
Neighbours told the M.E.N . of their shock at what had happened . One local resident said she heard screaming and banging during the night, initially thinking it was an argument . She described the street as being quite loud .
Police confirmed three children died in the fire and a three-year-old girl remained in hospital in a critical condition. They also said the fire was being treated as suspicious . Officers revealed a girl, 14, a boy, eight, and a girl, seven, all passed away after the blaze broke out . The 35-year-old mother of all the children was in a serious condition in hospital, they said.
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During a press conference at Swinton police station, detectives confirmed they had launched a murder investigation and urged a suspect to give himself up . At the briefing, Chief Superintendent Wayne Miller told reporters that seven people were in the house at the time of the fire.
He added there was an active manhunt for a suspect.
The first victim of the fire was named as 14-year-old Demi Pearson, a pupil at Educating Greater Manchester school Harrop Fold.
GMP said they had arrested a man, 23, and a woman, 20, in connection with the fire . Both were held on suspicion of murder and taken into custody for questioning.
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Two more victims of the fire were named – Demi s younger brother Brandon, eight, and his sister Lacie, seven . Their older brother Kyle Pearson, who escaped the burning property, paid tribute to his siblings.
Police confirmed three further arrests . Two young men, aged 18 and 20, were held on suspicion of murder . A 24-year-old man was also detained on suspicion of assisting and offender, a GMP spokesman said .
Five people have now been arrested in connection with the fatal fire.
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