Anti-Muslim Hate Groups Explode In Number Under Trump Administration (VIDEO)

Donald Trump conducted his campaign with racist fury, peppering his remarks with hate-fueled rhetoric about Hispanics, African-Americans, and, most especially, Muslims. So it should come as no surprise that hate crimes directed at people of the Islamic faith have tripled, in concert with his campaign and presidency.

Trump has fueled anti-Muslim hate in the U.S.

The Guardian, reporting on findings from The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), noted that the number of organized anti-Muslim hate groups has proliferated in the U.S., nearly tripling from 34 to more than 100 in 2016. And that’s a rise of 197 percent and “by far the most dramatic change” among hate groups in the U.S.

This chart, compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center, demonstrates the insidious rise of anti-Muslim hate groups from 2016 through 2016. Chart courtesy the Southern Poverty Law Center and The Huffington Post.
This chart, compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center, demonstrates the insidious rise of anti-Muslim hate groups from 2016 through 2016. Chart courtesy the Southern Poverty Law Center and The Huffington Post.

Trump’s incendiary remarks against Muslims during his campaign, coupled with anger over terror attacks like the Pulse nightclub shooting, fueled that rise, the SPLC, a left-leaning non-profit organization reports.

Then there’s Trump’s White House minions — the two Steves (Bannon and Miller) and KellyAnne Conway, all of whom are “serious anti-Muslim ideologues,” said Mark Potok, lead author of the SPLC’s report.

And if you think getting rid of equally anti-Muslim Michael Flynn helped, guess again.

“It’s hardly like the departure of Michael Flynn is going to mitigate the really serious onslaught directed at American Muslims,” Potok said.

Perhaps most notably, Flynn had this to say on Twitter last year:

What a guy.

According to the new report, there are now more than 900 active hate groups in the U.S., ranging from Ku Klux Klan chapters to neo-Nazi hubs to racist black separatist groups — showing a slight uptick of less than three percent from 2015, according to the organization’s annual count, The Guardian reports. But even so, it’s only slightly lower than the SPLC’s all-time high count of 1,018 in 2011.

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With Trump’s swift rise during the past year, racists and far-right extremists found their footing, the report concluded. And at the same time, Trump’s campaign may have siphoned energy from independent extremist rallies and gatherings, with their supporters choosing to attend the more mainstream Trump rallies. And the SPLC found that the number of “in person” extremist events fell in 2016.

“They were so turned on by what was happening in the pro-Trump world that they entered that world, rather than holding their own rallies,” Potok said.

“We think Trump has co-opted many of the issues of the radical right,” he said. “We think that has prevented or at least slowed the growth of these groups.”

The White House didn’t respond immediately to The Guardian’s request for comment.

Trump has had to be pressured to denounce hate groups, but in a November interview with The New York Times, he had this to say:

“If they are energized, I want to look into it and find out why.”

At a Wednesday press conference, the president was asked about the spike in anti-Semitic threats and he told journalists:

“We are going to do everything within our power to stop long-simmering racism and every other thing that’s going on. I think one of the reasons that I won the election is because we have a very, very divided nation,” he said. “Very divided, and hopefully, I’ll be able to do something about that.”

The Anti-Defamation League is also reporting an uptick in anti-Muslim rhetoric, noted Oren Segal, director of the ADL’s Center on Extremism, USA Today reports. 

“The Internet, social media has enabled extremists to become more active, allowing them to become more involved in virtual campaigns,” Segal said. “With that in mind, I can say we’ve seen an uptick in anti-Muslim rhetoric online the way we’ve seen with all sorts of hate.”

The ADL is in the midst of compiling the most recent data, and reported in December 2015 that it noted increased hostility against Muslims in the wake of the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. The ADL notes that 75 anti-Muslim incidents were reported in the U.S. since the Paris attacks.

In 2015, the FBI reported in its Hate Crime Statistics that between 2013 and 2016, hate crimes were down but anti-Muslim incidents had nearly doubled. In 2013, there were 5.928 bias motivation incidents and 135 incidents committed against Muslims. In 2015, the FBI found there were 5,850 bias motivation incidents and 257 anti-Muslim incidents.

According to The Huffington Post, the SPLC notes in its report:

“Anti-Muslim hate has been expanding rapidly for more than two years now, driven by radical Islamist attacks including the June mass murder of 49 people at an Orlando, Fla. gay nightclub, the unrelenting propaganda of a growing circle of well-paid ideologues, and the incendiary rhetoric of Trump — his threats to ban Muslim immigration, mandate a registry of Muslims in America, and more,” Potok wrote.

The anti-Muslim groups that the SPLC lists in its report believe Islam isn’t a true religion. Instead, they believe it is a political ideology that’s inherently evil. And they also believe it sanctions violence and pedophilia.

Many of these groups also espouse unsubstantiated conspiracy theories that contend Muslims are subversively trying to replace the U.S. and European governments with Islamic theocracies that intend to implement brutal forms of Sharia, or Islamic law.

And Trump, by all accounts appears to be fighting this problem by tossing extra fat into the fire, having hired people like Flynn, a former board member for Act For America, a group considered by the Southern Poverty Law Center to be “the largest grass-roots anti-Muslim group in America,”  with some 280,000 members. Mike Pompeo, Trump’s pick to head the CIA, also has deep ties to the group.

And Jeff Sessions, our new Attorney General, has a history of racism and shares a close affiliation with an anti-Muslim hate group, the David Horowitz Freedom Center, having once accepted an award from the association, where he regularly speaks, The Jacobin reports. 

Then there’s Bannon, who now sits like a rumpled gargoyle on Trump’s National Security Council. He has sung the praises of Muslim-haters whom he thinks are “experts” on Islam — guys like paranoid nutball and major conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney, head of the Center for Security Policy.

So Trump wants to fight “long-simmering racism” and Islamophobia by hiring Islamophobes? Is he going to fight climate change by hiring climate change deniers?

Oh wait…there seems to be a theme here. And that theme is b.s.

You can find out more about the SPLC’s report in the video below.

 

Chart courtesy of the Southern Poverty Law Center and The Huffington Post. Ku Klux Klan Holds Annual Gathering In Tennessee

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