We all saw this coming, didn’t we?
The Southern Poverty Law Center said yesterday that the number of hate groups in the U.S. has increased since the election of one Donald J. Trump, thanks to Trump’s immigration stance and his perceived sympathy for white supremacists. Apparently when you call white supremacists some “very fine people,” it goes to their head.
The number of U.S. hate groups reportedly jumped to 954 in 2017, marking a 4 percent overall increase since 2016. The new, larger number included more than 600 white supremacist groups, neo-Nazi organizations, and anti-Muslim groups.
However, the Southern Poverty Law Center did not tally up the amount of new hate groups primarily focused on hating Donald J. Trump, because that number would break their scale.
Heidi Beirich, director of the SPLC’s Intelligence Project, chalked up the trend to the President’s incessant tweeting.
“[2017 brought] a substantial emboldening of the radical right, and that is largely due to the actions of President Trump, who’s tweeted out hate materials and made light of the threats to our society posed by hate groups,” she told reporters yesterday.
SPLC also criticized Trump for a string of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim comments, including using a vulgar term (remember “shitholes”?) to describe Haiti and African countries last month.
A separate investigation by the group showed that people linked to the alt-right/neo-Nazi movement killed at least 43 people in the last four years. This does not include the recent murder of 17 in Parkland, Florida by a shooter with links to those groups.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, founded in 1971, defines hate groups as organizations with ideals or practices that demean a certain delineation of people. That includes groups like black nationalist organizations, which increased in number by 20 percent in 2017. It also includes male supremacist groups, such as the two that popped up since Trump’s election.
In more startling news, the report identified 689 groups associated with the anti-government “Patriot” movement, which is reportedly assembling powerful armed militias as we speak — presumably to storm Capitol Hill and transform our beleaguered democracy into a military state of the highest order. Good tiiiiiiiimes.