Report: Anti-Fascists Linked To Zero Murders In The U.S. In 25 Years

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Sarah Shaiman

Data found that right wing extremism since 2010 has been more lethal than terrorism.

Though President Trump espouses that anti-fascists are an organization of violent thoughts, the reality remains that anti-fascists have been linked to zero murders over the past two and a half decades, according to a Guardian report.

  • According to new research, leftwing organizations have been far less violent over the past 25 years than rightwing groups. 
  • A database of 900 politically motivated attacks found that just one death was linked to an anti-fascist since 1994: the perpetrator themself. According to the same database, rightwing extremism has accounted for 329 deaths. 

The data indicates the following,

More broadly, the database lists 21 victims killed in leftwing attacks since 2010 , and 117 victims of rightwing attacks in that same period – nearly six times as much**.** Attacks inspired by the Islamic State and similar jihadist groups, in contrast, killed 95 people since 2010, slightly fewer than rightwing extremists, according to the data set. More than half of these victims died in a a single attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in 2016.

  • Currently, the Trump administration sees anti-fascism and leftwing activism as a major threat to the nation’s security. However, Trump has failed to identify white supremacy as a valid threat. 
  • Both the Anti-Defamation League and the Center for Investigative Reporting have identified rightwing extremism as a far greater threat than that of the left. 
  • Most “leftwing” killings were Black men killing police officers, many of which were veterans acting out of anger and retribution for the many Black men killed by police. Some of the gunmen were members of Black nationalist groups.
  • Most leftwing attacks resulted in no deaths at all. The attacks were usually meant to destroy property rather than people. 

Read the full report here.

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