In 2018, Right Wing Extremists Were Behind Every Terrorist Murder Inside US

Pittsburgh synagogue shooter Robert Bowers.Screengrab/CBC News/YouTube

Right-wing extremists were responsible for more deaths in 2018 than any year since 1995, per the Anti-Defamation League.

On Wednesday, The Anti-Defamation League released their annual report on extremist killings in the United States. They found that right-wing extremists and those connected to right-wing extremist movements were behind every terrorist murder in the country in 2018, reports Talking Points Memo.

Last year, right-wing extremists killed 50 people. The report focuses on tragedies such as the Parkland, Florida mass school shooting in February, which was carried out by a teenager with sympathies for white supremacist ideologies. Similarly, the shooter at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue was an anti-semite, and the shooter at the Tallahassee yoga studio was a man intent on committing violence against women.

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said, “The white supremacist attack in Pittsburgh should serve as a wake-up call to everyone about the deadly consequences of hateful rhetoric.It’s time for our nation’s leaders to appropriately recognize the severity of the threat and to devote the necessary resources to address the scourge of right-wing extremism.”

The ADL is now following murders committed by those involved in the involuntary celibate or “incel” movement. This movement includes those who feel that women have deprived them of sex or loving relationships, and thus desire to hurt and kill women. The Tallahassee yoga studio shooter was a follower of this movement.

The ADL said, “the deaths described here represent merely the tip of a pyramid of extremist violence and crime in the United States; for each person killed by an extremist, many more are wounded or injured in attempted murders and assaults. Extremists engage in a wide variety of other crimes related to their causes, from threats and harassment to white collar crime.”

Last week in Utah, a man was arrested after he threatened to kill “as many girls as I see” on the same weekend that the Women’s Marches were being carried out nationwide. Also last week, inn upstate New York three men were arrested for plotting to attack a Muslim community using explosives.