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White nationalist hate groups have grown 55% in Trump era,

White nationalist hate groups have grown 55% in Trump era, report finds

 

White nationalist hate groups in the US have increased 55% throughout the Trump era, according to a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and a “surging” racist movement continues to be driven by “a deep fear of demographic change”.

 

Nationally, there were 155 such groups counted last year, and they were present in most states. These groups were counted separately from Ku Klux Klan groups, racist skinheads, Christian Identity groups, and neo-Confederate groups, all of which also express some version of white supremacist beliefs.

 

Since the turn of the millennium, the report says, “American racists have fretted over what they fear will be the loss of their place of dominance in society” as its racial composition changes.

 

The report notes that the perpetrator of a massacre on 3 August 2019 in El Paso, Texas, where 26 were killed, and another man who attacked a synagogue in Poway, California, killing one woman and wounding three more, claimed to be motivated by the idea that white people were being replaced.

 

The increase in hate groups includes many which openly advocate violence, terrorism and murder, and “accelerationist” groups ”who believe mass violence is necessary to bring about the collapse of our pluralistic society”, including organizations like the Base, Atomwaffen Division, and Feuerkrieg Division, according to the report.

 

Seven members of the Base, six members of Atomwaffen Division, and one man, Richard Tobin, who is allegedly a member of both groups, have been arrested since last October on charges including firearms offenses, conspiring to vandalize synagogues and conspiracy to murder.

 

In January, the Guardian showed the inner workings of the Base, including the lead-up to the synagogue vandalism allegedly coordinated by Tobin, and also revealed that the group’s founder was a Russia-based former security contractor, Rinaldo Nazzaro.

 

According to the SPLC report, the arrests are evidence that federal agencies are finally “hearing the alarm bells” regarding violent white nationalism.

 

It points out that in the last year, “the FBI upgraded its assessment of the threat posed by racially motivated extremists to a ‘national threat priority’”, and the “Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a strategic shift toward countering racial hatred”.

 

But the report says that those efforts are hampered by senior members of the Donald Trump administration like Trump aide Stephen Miller, “who has long been allied with anti-immigrant hate groups”.

 

Miller’s attempts to insert white nationalist talking points into rightwing news website Breitbart’s coverage of the 2016 election were exposed last year, but the administration has retained him in his senior role.

 

While the report concludes the overall number of hate groups dipped 8% on 2018’s record numbers, it says that this “does not reflect a significant diminishment of the radical right”, and that other kinds of hate groups continue to grow in number.

 

Along with the increase in white nationalist groups, there was an increase in homophobic and transphobic organizations, with anti-LGBTQ groups increasing 43% in 2019. Many of those highlighted in the SPLC report are religious fundamentalists.

 

The report calls for a “national movement against hate violence in America” in defense of “inclusive democracy”.

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Like many news organizations, the Guardian has been significantly impacted by the pandemic. We rely to an ever greater extent on our readers, both for the moral force to continue doing journalism at a time like this and for the financial strength to facilitate that reporting.

 

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White nationalist hate groups have grown 55% in Trump era, report finds 


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Nazis and KKK members are registered members of the Trump Cult. They love the man.

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@CriticalThinking wrote:

Nazis and KKK members are registered members of the Trump Cult. They love the man.


Of course, CeeTee.  He keeps the attention off them by spewing his hateful rhetoric.


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   But they have such "nice" names:    A well known far-right group in and around Portland OR:   the Patriot Prayer.   They have been active in that area for much longer than the noise about antifa.   

   https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/what-is-patriot-prayer-the-ring-wing-group-at-the-center-of-the-port...

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The growth of the Nazi wing of the GOP is completely understandable - they have one of their own in the White House, and the entire Republican Caucus supports his every move.

 

There is no fixing stupid, nor is there a way to reverse the hate that decades of Fox has injected in to the base of the GOP. To defeat Corona and end the violence REQUIRES the Republicans be removed from power at every level of Government. There are NO "good people" left on that side.

 

VOTE THEM OUT

THEN

LOCK THEM UP

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