Source: Huffington Post
The number of anti-Muslim hate groups in the U.S. nearly tripled in 2016 partly because of Donald Trump’s rise to political power, suggests a new report.
There were 34 such groups in the U.S. in 2015 and 101 last year, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Annual Census of Hate Groups published Wednesday. That’s a 197 percent rise and “by the far the most dramatic change” among extremist groups in the U.S.
“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,” Mark Potok, a senior fellow at SPLC, wrote in the report