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Here Are 5 of the Worst Far-Right and White Supremacist Terrorist Attacks of Recent Years

October 25, 2018 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

This problem is largely ignored.


This week, a long list of high-profile Democrats have become the targets of explosive devices—including Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama, billionaire investor George Soros, Rep. Maxine Waters, former Vice President Joe Biden and actor Robert De Niro. An explosive device was sent to former Attorney General Eric Holder as well (with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Florida office used as a return address), and a suspicious package addressed to former CIA Director John O. Brennan forced the evacuation of CNN’s Manhattan offices.

It remains to be seen who is behind these attacks, which conservative Washington Times columnist Jennifer Rubin has correctly described as “a coordinated attempt at mass assassination.” Some wingnuts and conspiracy theorists on the far right, however, have jumped to the knee-jerk conclusion that “leftists” are behind the attacks. On Twitter, Newsmax’s far-right John Cardillo posted, “Investigators need to take a serious look at far-left groups like #Antifa when investigating the bombs sent to Soros, Obama and the Clintons. These smell like the false flag tactics of unhinged leftists who know they’re losing.” And AM talk radio host Rush Limbaugh speculated that a “Democratic operative” was sending the pipe bombs, insisting, “Republicans just don’t do this kind of thing.”

Limbaugh, Cardillo and others on the far-right are so deeply racist that they cannot conceive of terrorist attacks being carried out by far-right white males. In their view, only people of color or radical Islamists are capable of terrorist violence. But in fact, vicious terrorist attacks carried out by far-right white males have been plentiful in the U.S. for generations. Here are five of the worst ones that have occurred in recent years.

1. 2017: Heather D. Heyer Killed at Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville

After Republican Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot by James Hodgkinson in a domestic terrorist attack on June 14, 2017, far-right AM talk radio host Michael Savage blamed MSNBC for the attack—which, of course, MSNBC vehemently condemned—and made the idiotic claim that the left was uniquely violent. But only two months later, …read more

Source: ALTERNET

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