Here’s what he said.
According to Breitbart News, former Obama administration Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson stated that former President Donald Trump “emboldened” a “large strand of America, that is racist.”
Johnson said, “A lot of us would like to believe with the election of a black president 12 years ago, we finally put aside our legacy, our racist legacy in this country. Unfortunately, there is still a strand, a large strand of America, that is racist, that is intolerant, that is highly susceptible to the so-called great replacement misinformation that is out there.”
He continued, “We saw this Charlottesville. We saw this on January 6th. We had a president, the last president, who peeled the lid off of this racist strand in our country. And they feel emboldened right now, and we see attacks on Black churches, on mosques, on synagogues.”
Johnson added, “Are most Americans racist? No. But there still exists a large strand of this nation, that is. it’s an ugly intolerant strand, and anyone who can’t see that either doesn’t want to see it or has the inability to see the obvious.” You can read the full article here.