By Jon Dougherty
The number of murders by extremist individuals has dropped significantly under POTUS Donald Trump compared to the final two years Barack Obama was president, according to a new study by the Anti-Defamation League.
“In 2018, domestic extremists killed at least 50 people in the U.S., a sharp increase from the 37 extremist-related murders documented in 2017, though still lower than the totals for 2015 (70) and 2016 (72),” the ADL’s Center on Extremism reported.
That said, the 50 deaths recorded last year did mark the fourth-deadliest on record for acts of domestic extremism, the center noted.
Two major incidents in 2018 were the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting in February, resulting in the deaths of 17 students and teachers, and the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting in October, which left 11 dead.
The synagogue gunman had a history of expressing anti-Semitic views — a finding more relevant now as Democrats in Congress wrestle with how best to handle freshmen Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, both of whom are Muslims with a history of making anti-Semitic remarks.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Left and their media allies continue to portray POTUS Trump as responsible for an alleged rise in extremism in the U.S., when the stats show a different story.
Last week, for instance, he received widespread negative media coverage when he was asked by a reporter following the New Zealand mosque shootings which left 50 people dead if he believed white nationalism is rising at home and abroad.
“I don’t really,” the president answered. “I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems… It’s certainly a terrible thing.”
Fox News has also jumped on the bandwagon. On “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace asked acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney if Trump should be speaking out more forcefully against white supremacy (which he has done, as The Federalist‘s Mollie Hemingway pointed out earlier this week).
“The president is not a white supremacist,” Mulvaney answered. “I’m not sure how many times we have to say that.”
“The president is not a white supremacist. I'm not sure how many times we have to say that." — @MickMulvaneyOMB@realdonaldtrump's Chief of Staff says Trump, in wake of NZ shooting, is trying to do everything to make it clear that "this has to stop.".https://t.co/rpSDl6dKvx pic.twitter.com/PEihLF0wtC
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 19, 2019
“To simply ask the question every time something like this happens overseas or even domestically to say, ‘Oh goodness, it must somehow be the president’s fault,’ speaks to a politicization of everything that I think is undermining, sort of, the institutions that we have in the country today,” Mulvaney added.
“Let’s take what happened in New Zealand for what it is, a terrible, evil, tragic act, and figure out why those things are becoming more prevalent in the world. Is it Donald Trump? Absolutely not.”
Meanwhile, there has been a distinct rise in Left-wing violence and extremism since before the president was elected, mostly in the form of Antifa. Republicans have been accosted in public and one, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, is still recovering from an assassination attempt in 2017 by a crazed Bernie Sanders supporter.
An earlier version of this story misidentified Fox News Sunday host as Chris Matthews. Of course, it’s Chris Wallace. Thanks to one of our fine readers for pointing out this gross mistake and (rightly) scolding us for the error. — Jon
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