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REPORT: Under Trump, far-right violence on the rise in the US

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Right-wing
violence is on the rise under President Donald Trump, a new
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  • Far-right violence has been on the rise since President
    Donald Trump entered the White House, according to
    a new analysis from The Washington Post
    on global terrorism
    data. 
  • In 2018 alone, at least 20 people have been killed in
    alleged right-wing attacks, according to the
    research. 
  • Terrorism analysts told The Post the rise in right-wing
    extremism and violence was driven by “white anxiety” over
    former President Barack Obama and has “accelerated” under
    Trump. 

Far-right violence has been on the rise since President Donald
Trump entered the White House, according to
a new analysis from The Washington Post
on global terrorism
data. 

The report found that 92 out of 263 incidents of domestic
terrorism between 2010 and the end of 2017 were committed by
right-wing attackers, constituting a third of all incidents.
Meanwhile, Islamist terrorists committed 38 attacks while
left-wing attackers were responsible for 34
incidents. 

“Over the past decade, attackers motivated by right-wing
political ideologies have committed dozens of shootings, bombings
and other acts of violence, far more than any other category of
domestic extremist,” the report states.

It adds that though data shows a “decades-long drop-off in
violence by left-wing groups, violence by white supremacists and
other far-right attackers has been on the rise since Barack
Obama’s presidency — and has surged since President Trump took
office.”

Though domestic terrorism was often linked to left-wing
groups in the 1970s, today it is far more likely to be a product
of right-wing ideologies.

In 2018 alone, at least 20 people have been killed in
alleged right-wing attacks, according to the
research. 


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The FBI has officially declared the ‘Proud Boys,’ a far-right
‘Western chauvinist’ group with a penchant for street fights, as
‘extremist’

The analysis matches with other
recent reports on extremism in the US,
which consistently
point to far right groups as the greatest threat in that regard.
Correspondingly, FBI data released earlier this month showed

hate crimes rose 17% in 2017.

Terrorism analysts told The Post the rise in right-wing
extremism and violence was driven by “white anxiety” over former
President Barack Obama and has “accelerated” under
Trump. 


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A
man reacts at a makeshift memorial outside the Tree of Life
synagogue following Saturday’s shooting at the synagogue in
Pittsburgh.


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McNaughton/Reuters



Critics of Trump contend his rhetoric has emboldened
far-right groups.

A poll from the Public Religion Research
Institute released in late October showed a majority of
Americans agree that Trump has
“encouraged white supremacist groups”
with his decisions and
behavior.

After running a campaign widely decried as
driven by xenophobia and racism
, Trump was
endorsed by the Ku Klux Klans’ official newspaper
shortly
before Election Day in 2016. Trump was also
praised by far-right leaders
after he blamed “many sides” for
deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville,
Virginia, last summer.

The president has at times
disavowed groups and individuals associated with right-wing
extremism
, even as he continues to spark controversy with

racially-charged statements
and policies. 

Trump has sought to paint Democrats as associated with a
dangerous and “angry
left-wing mob”,
 but The Post’s analysis found there’s
“just one fatal attack in 2018 that may have been motivated
by left-wing ideologies.”

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