DHS Confirms: White Supremacists Are Most Persistent & Lethal Threat In The U.S.
White supremacy in the U.S. has a deadly history, and experts warn that the current administration is “throwing gasoline on a fully raging fire” when it comes to the militias and vigilantes from these extremist groups. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security expects white supremacists to be the cause of an “elevated threat environment” at least through the beginning of next year.
The new DHS report, as quoted in RawStory, says that while foreign terrorist groups continue to call for attacks on the U.S., they remain constrained in their ability to carry out an attack. However, white supremacists are on the ground on U.S. soil, and the threat cannot be ignored.
It’s not new information, either. John Cohen is a former DHS official who the RawStory article above cites as warning that when Trump praised Kyle Rittenhouse after the 17-year-old was arrested and charged with two murders, he was “throwing gasoline on a fully raging fire,” encouraging the next act of extremism. Cohen has been cautioning all along that this administration’s actions empower acts of white supremacy.
He told KTAR News in 2017 that white supremacists feel “there is an administration in place today that is supportive of their ideological agenda.” This was in the aftermath of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, when a white supremacist rally ended in the death of a counter-protestor, and Trump declared that there were good people on “both sides.”
Earlier this year, USA Today reported that the Anti-Defamation League had tallied white supremacist propaganda had more than doubled from 2018 to 2019, and Cohen weighed in again, saying, “In the past [white supremacists] were viewed as racist individuals who were on the fringe or outside of mainstream society. Now their thoughts and ideas and messaging have been incorporated into the mainstream political discourse by a growing number of elected officials.”
The DHS report appears to confirm that the problem is not abating. White supremacists continue to rally, recently showing up at protests with paintball guns to fire at anti-racism protestors, and cheering as a speaker shouts that Democratic leaders need to be “shot dead in the streets.”