The United States continues to experience domestic terrorism incidents that are Islamic-related but two-thirds of the country's terrorism attacks are homegrown and the product of right-wing extremism. Or, as we like to call them, Team Trump.
Researchers and journalists for the news site Quartz said they used data compiled by the Global Terrorism Database that has tabulated terrorist events around the world since 1970. The database is supported by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), affiliated with the University of Maryland.
“A Quartz analysis of the database shows that almost two-thirds of terror attacks in the (United States) last year were tied to racist, anti-Muslim, homophobic, anti-Semitic, fascist, anti-government, or xenophobic motivations,” its posting says.Hmm, what a coincidence that America is currently in the grip of a racist, anti-Muslim, homophobic, anti-Semitic (selectively), fascist, anti-government and wildly xenophobic president, Donald J. Trump.
Quartz said the Global Terrorism Database annual report includes “cases where violence is used by non-state actors to achieve political, economic, religious, or social goals through fear and coercion.”
For example, it said, the database “includes ideologically motivated attacks like the Charleston church shooting, but not ones such as the Aurora movie theater massacre.”
The database also classifies cases according to attackers’ affiliations, such as the Ku Klux Klan. When an affiliation is unknown, the database lists the participant’s ideological identity if it’s known, such as white extremist.
For further reading on right-wing extremist terrorism, check out Terror from the Right, the Southern Poverty Law Center's directory of major terrorist plots and right-wing political violence from 1995 to the present.And honourable mention goes to the unindicted co-conspirators including the Tea Party branch of the Republican Party, the cast and crew of Congressional Republicans who shrewdly manipulate this malevolence and the ultimate dog-whistler, and exploiter-in-chief, Donald J. Trump.