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Data from the Global Terrorism Database — which has been compiling data on terrorist attacks since 1970 — shows that 57 percent of all terrorism in the United States last year was carried out by right-wing extremists.

According to Quartz, out of the 65 terror attacks in the United States last year, “37 were tied to racist, anti-Muslim, homophobic, anti-Semitic, fascist, anti-government, or xenophobic motivations.”

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2017 domestic terrorist attacks by group (Chart: Quartz/Global Terrorism Database)

The data from the Global Terrorism Database is supported by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START).

Annual terrorist attacks around the world have largely been dropping. Globally, there were approximately 17,000 attacks in 2014. In 2017 there were 11,000. Terrorism in the Middle East in particular has dropped by 40 percent.

Terror attacks in the United States, however, have spiked from 6 attacks in 2006 to 65 in 2017. Fatalities in the United States have also drastically increased.

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Deaths by domestic terrorist attacks in the US, 2003-present (Chart: Quartz/Global Terrorism Database)

The rise of Donald Trump into the center of the political arena has led many to accuse the president of stoking the flames of racial tension among his followers.

Another study, authored by researchers from Princeton University and the University of Warwick, used publicly available data provided by law enforcement and the FBI to prove a clear relationship between surges in anti-Muslim hate crimes and instances when Trump makes inflammatory anti-Muslim comments on Twitter.

“We show that the rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes since Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has been concentrated in counties with high Twitter usage. Consistent with a role for social media, Trump’s tweets on Islam-related topics are highly correlated with anti-Muslim hate crime after, but not before the start of his presidential campaign, and are uncorrelated with other types of hate crimes. These patterns stand out in historical comparison: Counties with many Twitter users today did not consistently experience more anti-Muslim hate crimes during previous presidencies.”

Trump has previously gone so far as to attempt to ban entry for refugees from certain Muslim-majority in the name of stopping terrorism in the United States. He has yet to take any sort of action against white supremacist violence. In fact, President Trump in 2017 proposed cutting back the Department of Homeland Security’s domestic counter-terrorism efforts, which directly combat acts of right-wing domestic terrorism.

On Wednesday, at least nine different people received suspicious packages suspected to be bombs or potent poison, like ricin. All nine (Hillary and Bill Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama, CNN, former CIA director John Brennan, Senator Kamala Harris, Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Maxine Waters, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and former Attorney General Eric Holder) are prominent Democrats. The packages were received just a day after an explosive was left in a mailbox at the New York home of liberal billionaire George Soros.

 

Nathan Wellman is a Grit Post contributing editor in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter: @LIGHTNINGWOW. You can also email him at info AT gritpost DOT com.

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