Elizabeth Neumann, a former assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security specializing in domestic terrorism, said the Trump administration is allowing right-wing extremists to “start a race war.” Neumann, who resigned in April 2020, appeared on an episode of Skullduggery, a Yahoo News podcast, on Friday to discuss her dissatisfaction with how the speakers at this week’s Republican National Convention described Black Lives Matter protestors. RNC speakers portrayed cities with ongoing protests in Democrat-run states as “lawless,” brushing over instances of white supremacists escalating to violence during the demonstrations. Neumann called the portrayals “completely a sideshow to distract from the real threat.” “There are multiple arrests that the FBI has conducted in the last few months at these peaceful protests where you have right-wing extremists coming in trying to take advantage of the cover of the protests to carry out these violent acts and they are trying to start a race war,” Neumann said. Neumann, who also worked under President George Bush, said more people had been killed by white supremacists in the US than every other domestic terrorism threat combined. “[The most dire threat is] right-wing extremism,” Neumann said on the podcast. “It is not antifa.”

via insider: A former Department of Homeland Security official said Trump is letting right-wing extremists ‘start a race war’