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Right-Wing Domestic Terrorism

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We already knew this, but it’s good to have some data on the explosion of right-wing terrorism in the United States.

Domestic terrorism incidents have soared to new highs in the United States, driven chiefly by white-supremacist, anti-Muslim and anti-government extremists on the far right, according to a Washington Post analysis of data compiled by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The surge reflects a growing threat from homegrown terrorism not seen in a quarter-century, with right-wing extremist attacks and plots greatly eclipsing those from the far left and causing more deaths, the analysis shows.

The number of all domestic terrorism incidents in the data peaked in 2020.

More than a quarter of right-wing incidents and just under half of the deaths in those incidents were caused by people who showed support for white supremacy or claimed to belong to groups espousing that ideology, the analysis shows.

Victims of allincidents in recent years represent a broad cross-section of American society, including Blacks, Jews, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, Asians and other people of color who have been attacked by right-wing extremists wielding vehicles, guns, knives and fists.

When the Republican Party is dominated by someone fully supportive of right-wing terrorism and who launched the first coup attempt in American history, I’d say that’s a problem. Lucky for us, the Republican Party moves now in lockstep toward attempting another coup in 2024 if they can’t cheat enough to win ahead instead.

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