We are at an interesting time in our history, one in which right wing extremism seems to be on the rise, yet little is being said about it. Meanwhile our President, Donald J. Trump, is incredibly vocal when it comes to terrorism that’s emanating from Muslims and taking place overseas.
Over the past couple of weeks there has been two events within our own borders, in which numerous people have perished. First, it was the attack on the Portland commuter train by 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian. Christian had been making disparaging comments to two Muslim women on the train when three men tried to calm him down. This is when things turned ugly as Christian proceeded to stab the men, killing two of them. Then earlier this week, 45-year-old John Robert Neuman, a disgruntled employee at Fiamma Inc. in Orlando, Florida, walked into the complex and killed five former co-workers.
While President Trump did end up mentioning the Portland attack, via a tweet, nearly a week after it occurred, he has yet to speak up about the tragedy in Orlando Monday morning.
Meanwhile Trump did go out of his way to almost immediately mention an attack in Melbourne, Australia in which an alleged Muslim terrorist shot and killed one man in a foyer within an apartment block. The suspect, who was shot and killed by police, had a long criminal history.
It’s perplexing as to why the President tends to focus on a minor attack like the one in Australia, while completely ignoring an attack like the one in Orlando which killed five times as many people, all of whom were Americans.
President Trump clearly is trying to create a narrative in which he can further justify a Muslim travel ban that has been blocked thus far by the courts here in the U.S. By publicizing minor terrorist attacks, which is exactly what the terrorists want, Trump is able to rile up his base, and in his mind pressure the courts to uphold a ban which has already been deemed unconstitutional by many here in the United States.
The facts are, however, that since September 12, 2001, far-right wing extremist groups have been responsible for 62 (73%) of such attacks here in the United States, while radical Islamist extremists were responsible for just 23 (27%) attacks.