President Donald Trump has been quick to condemn Islamic terrorist attacks in Europe, and has used them as evidence to justify his hardline anti-immigration policies, yet he has remained silent about a suspected terrorist attack on a mosque in Minnesota that occurred four days ago.
Wednesday offered more of the same, with Trump retweeting a Fox News story about an attack on soldiers in the French capital, Paris, where there have been several recent attacks by Islamist militants. Meanwhile, it was not Trump but a White House deputy assistant, Sebastian Gorka, who the previous day gave the most explicit statement yet on the administration’s grounds for refusing to comment on the attack on the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in a Minneapolis suburb.
Gorka claimed there have been a series of “fake hate crimes” in recent months, and the White House was waiting for the outcome of the investigation into the incident.
“We’ve had a series of crimes committed, alleged hate crimes, by right-wing individuals in the last six months that turned out to actually have been propagated by the left,” he said. “So let’s wait and see and allow local authorities to provide their assessment. And then the White House will make its comments.”
In contrast to that statement, U.S. government figures have consistently shown that the threat from right-wing extremists is far from a fabrication.
A June report by the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, a nonprofit media center, and the news outlet Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting examined the 201 designated terrorism incidents in the U.S. from 2008 to 2016.
The results: “Right-wing extremists were behind nearly twice as many incidents” as those identified as “Islamist domestic terrorism.”
The report identified 63 terrorist incidents as being inspired by theocratic Islamist ideology, while 115 were perpetrated by far-right extremists. Islamic terrorist attacks did result in more deaths, at 90, including the 2009 Fort Hood massacre: far-right attackers killed 79.
Other research backs up the finding that far-right attacks are more…