The Anti-Defamation League reported this week that 2016 saw Islamic extremism overtake all other forms of U.S. violence to become the deadliest domestic ideology in the country. Thanks in large part to the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, a total of 69 people were killed in the United States last year as a result of Islamist beliefs.
This is the first year in three decades that Islamic extremism has eclipsed other variations of domestic terrorism in terms of fatalities. It’s important to note, of course, that attacks such as 9/11 are not counted in the “domestic” tally because they were engineered overseas and were carried out by foreign nationals.
“Anti-government extremists and white supremacists were responsible for only a minority of extremist related deaths in 2016, though they did commit two triple homicides,” the ADL wrote in the report. “These low figures also occurred during a year in which non-violent right-wing extremist activity was high, in large part due to agitation and propaganda by the so-called alt-right and other extremists in connection with the 2016 presidential election.”
Ah, you can literally see the handwringing between the lines. Do you think the officials at the Anti-Defamation League considered skipping their annual violence report this year? Just for a second or two? We’ll wager they were especially tempted to classify the Pulse shooting as “right-wing terrorism” due to the vague homophobia angle the media was trying desperately to sell last summer.
Also, can we get a definition of “non-violent right-wing extremist activity”? What is that, exactly? Is that, like, when some moron paints a swastika on the bathroom wall at their high school? Is attending a Trump rally enough to qualify you as a right-wing extremist?
Apparently ashamed of the findings, the director of ADL’s Center on Extremism, Oren Segal, said, “In a country as large as the United States, no one extremist group or movement has a monopoly on violence.
“It is clear from the trends that we cannot ignore one threat of extremism over another,” he continued. “Extremists come in many forms and extremist violence, whether inspired by ISIS or carried out in the name of white supremacy, is still very much a serious threat.”
Right. But does Segal make comments like that when white supremacists commit more murders than Islamists? Or is this only necessary when the numbers aren’t as politically-correct as you might prefer?
Also missing from these numbers – a percentage breakdown of Muslims in America compared to white people.
Apparently, that’s not relevant…