“It is completely a sideshow to distract from the real threat and it’s extremely dangerous,” Neumann said on “Skullduggery,” a Yahoo News podcast, of the administration’s posture. “There are multiple arrests that the FBI has conducted in the last few months at these peaceful protests where you have right-wing extremists coming in trying to take advantage of the cover of the protests to carry out these violent acts and they are trying to start a race war. They’re very clear about their ideology and what they’re trying to do and we won’t say it. We won’t call it like it is and that’s a problem.”
The FBI warned over the years that the far right is dangerous. It could be a source of terrorism. We know from aggregate data that the far right is currently engaged in the majority of terrorist attacks in the United States. Whether they are hate crimes or others. According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies:
Right-wing terrorism not only accounts for the majority of incidents but has also grown in quantity over the past six years. This increase is reminiscent of the wave of right-wing activity in the 1990s that peaked with 43 right-wing incidents in 1995. The Oklahoma City bombing, which occurred on April 19, 1995, was the second-most deadly terrorist attack in U.S. history, after September 11, 2001. In three recent years — 2016, 2017, and 2019 — the number of right-wing terrorist events matched or exceeded the number in 1995, including a recent high of 53 right-wing terrorist incidents in 2017. Despite a moderate decrease in 2018 to 29 incidents, right-wing activity again increased in 2019 to 44 incidents. Religious attacks and plots have also shown some increases during this period — notably in 2015, 2017, and 2019 — but at a significantly smaller magnitude than right-wing events.
The left, and in particular Antifa, has remained at very low numbers if at all. They were important earlier in the century, insofar as animal rights…