Fact checking Trumps notion that white nationalism is not a rising threat Politics

Fact checking Trumps notion that white nationalism is not a rising threat Politics


Fact checking Trumps notion that white nationalism is not a rising threat Politics “I dont really. I think its a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, I guess,” the President said. “If you look at what happened in New Zealand, perhaps thats the case, I dont know enough about it yet. Theyre just learning about the person and the people involved. But its certainly a terrible thing.” The man charged with murder in the New Zealand attack cited a list of white nationalists who inspired him in his putative manifesto posted online. Facts First: White nationalism is certainly a rising threat in the US, with plenty of evidence to back it up. In the past two years there have been a number of high profile incidents involving white nationalists, perhaps most notably the , in August 2017. One woman was killed and 19 were injured when a speeding car slammed into a throng of counter protesters. Last years shooting at the in Pittsburgh claimed the lives of 11 people. Federal prosecutors , an avowed white nationalist, with hate crimes. In February, authorities arrested a Coast Guard lieutenant, an alleged white supremacist, who was planning an attack on several . The data suggests these are all part of a broader rise in white nationalism across the US. The Anti Defamation League ADL , an organization focused on tracking extremist activity, last year that white supremacist murders in the US “more than doubled in 2017,” with far right extremist groups and white supremacists “responsible for 59 percent of all extremist related fatalities in the U.S. in 2017.” They were responsible for 20 percent of these fatalities the year before. “This attack in New Zealand underscores a trend that ADL has been tracking: that modern white supremacy is an international threat that knows no borders, being exported and globalized like never before,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt in a press release. ADL also that propaganda efforts from white supremacist groups increased by 182 percent in the US in 2018; causing the number of incidents to jump from 421 the previous year to 1,187. The Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank based in Washington, DC, that “the number of terrorist attacks in the US by far right perpetrators rose over the past decade, more than quadrupling between 2016 and 2017.” White nationalism, supremacism, and far right extremist attacks and propaganda are on the rise. The President is incorrect in suggesting that these groups do not present a growing threat. Domestic terrorism as a whole has seen a recent uptick in the US, with nearly 25 related arrests in the last three months of 2018, an These cases are separate from plots relating to international terrorism investigations, like those involving al Qaeda and ISIS. As CNN recently reported, the FBI has approximately 900 open domestic terror investigations.

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