Ex-ICE head Homan attacks Democrats for not condemning 'left-wing extremists'

Ex-ICE head Homan attacks Democrats for not condemning 'left-wing extremists'
© Greg Nash

Former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tom Homan on Wednesday criticized Democrats and the news media for not forcefully condemning "left-wing extremists."

Homan, in an op-ed in Fox News, also condemned attacks on President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE's rhetoric in the aftermath of the shooting in El Paso, Texas, saying Trump was "simply doing his job by securing our border and enforcing existing laws."

"It’s particularly disturbing that many of the same Democratic politicians, news organizations and other groups that justifiably condemned the El Paso shooter for his hate-filled diatribe against Hispanic people and his murderous rampage have failed to condemn the hate-filled diatribes and violence generated by extremist on the left. There should not be a double standard," Homan wrote.

"But where is the outrage from the nearly two dozen Democrats seeking their party’s presidential nomination regarding the attacks noted above coming from left-wing extremists? Where is the outrage by the media and by the Democratic leadership in Congress?" he added.

Homan cited as an example a man who was shot and killed last month by police after throwing incendiary devices at an immigrant detention center in Tacoma, Wash.


Some media reports later identified the attacker as a member of the anti-fascist movement, also known as "antifa."

Homan added that if the Tacoma attacker had succeeded in storming the ICE installation, "he could gave killed as many as several hundred people — ICE employees and hundreds of immigrants being detained for hearings."

Homan also condemned Democrats and the news media for their portrayals of President Trump.

"The same anti-Trump media and Democratic politicians who seek to portray our current president as a racist who hates immigrants seldom mention that President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama to campaign for Biden in Florida Jaime Harrison on Lindsey Graham postponing debate: 'He's on the verge of getting that one-way ticket back home' Quinnipiac poll reports Biden leading Trump by 8 points in Pennsylvania MORE deported a lot more illegal immigrants," he wrote.

In addition, Homan criticized Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHillicon Valley: Threatening emails raise election concerns | Quibi folds after raising nearly B | Trump signs law making it a crime to hack voting systems Ocasio-Cortez draws hundreds of thousands of viewers on Twitch livestream OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats push expansion of offshore wind, block offshore drilling with ocean energy bill | Poll: Two-thirds of voters support Biden climate plan | Biden plan lags Green New Deal in fighting emissions from homes MORE (D-N.Y.) for describing detention centers for immigrants as "concentration camps."