The following is a timeline of instances of extremism in the Trump administration in December 2018.
President Trump has opened the White House doors to extremism, not only consulting with hate groups on policies that erode our country’s civil rights protections but enabling the infiltration of extremist ideas into the administration’s rhetoric and agenda.
Once relegated to the fringes, the radical right now has a toehold in the White House.
Groups and individuals referenced in the list below are not associated with hate groups and extremist ideology unless indicated by a hate group profile.
President Trump endorses book by former deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka.
President Trump nominates former Fox News correspondent Heather Nauert — who has a history of anti-Muslim rhetoric, and once hosted white nationalist Richard Spencer and anti-Muslim extremist Frank Gaffney — to be State Department spokeswoman.
Jakelin Caal Maquin, a 7-year-old Guatemalan immigrant, dies in Customs and Border Protection custody.
Federal appeals court hears arguments about the Trump administration's transgender military ban.
Trump administration proposes rule to use immigrants' personal credit information to determine their qualifications for a green card.
Trump administration moves to deport Vietnamese immigrants previously protected by an agreement made by the U.S. and Vietnam when the countries re-established diplomatic ties in 1995.
Department of Justice asks the Supreme Court to allow Trump administration's ban on transgender people in the military to go into effect, pending appeal.
White House senior adviser Stephen Miller uses white nationalist rhetoric while advocating for President Trump’s proposed border wall, saying it will determine “whether or not the United States remains a sovereign country.”
Federal judge strikes down Trump administration's asylum ban, which made people fleeing domestic violence and gangs ineligible for asylum in the U.S.
DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen blames the father of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin for the girl's death in CBP custody.
Supreme Court rejects Trump administration's plea to enforce its ban denying asylum to people who cross the U.S.-Mexico border between ports of entry.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports that another child, 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonso, has died while in custody.