Donald Trump. (photo: Fox News)
Katie Zavadski | The Daily Beast | Reader Supported News | February 18, 2016
Radical groups grew 14 percent last year and their messages are being heard by the mainstream, thanks to candidates like Trump and Cruz.
SPLC has released its annual report on domestic extremism, noting that the number of right-wing hate groups grew 14 percent to almost 900 and anti-government “Patriot” groups grew to almost 1,000 in 2015. Not only is organized hate growing, it is getting a wide audience thanks to the GOP race.
Candidates like Donald Trump are mimicking voices that “at any other time would’ve been considered incredibly extreme,” said SPLC President Mark Potok. “Trump retweeted a neo-Nazi’s claim that black people are responsible for 80-some-odd percent of murders of white people.”
“Bush joined in the Muslim-bashing, saying yes, we can admit some Syrian refugees, but only Christian refugees,” Potok said, adding that this makes Jeb Bush a relative moderate in the race.