Right-wing extremists responsible for nearly two-thirds of U.S. terrorist attacks

Right-wing extremists responsible for nearly two-thirds of U.S. terrorist attacks

 

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Looks like we might need to build a wall around Donald Trump. And a cone of silence, too.

While global terrorist attacks decreased from around 17,000 in 2014 to 11,000 last year, in the U.S. we’ve seen a spike — and it’s not coming from Trump’s usual bugaboos.

From a study by Quartz, via The Southern Poverty Law Center:

[T]he United States has seen a recent surge in terror-related violence, with 65 attacks last year, up from six in 2006, it said.

In a related post last month, Quartz said of 65 terrorism incidents last year in the United States, 37 were “tied to racist, anti-Muslim, homophobic, anti-Semitic, fascist, anti-government or xenophobic motivations.”

The list includes the August 2017 incident at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a man drove a car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing Heather Heyer and injuring many others. The suspect, James Alex Fields, was photographed earlier that day marching with neo-Nazi hate group Vanguard America.

This is further proof (as if we needed any) that Donald Trump’s Muslim ban and border bullshit are all about stoking racial grievance, not about keeping us safe. Ironically, his racially motivated rhetoric targeting terrorism (the scary foreign kind) is likely leading to more, well, terrorism.

That makes sense, because Trump is nothing if not a racist and a fuckup.

But here’s a nice colorful chart for him (sorry, Donny; only two colors):

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