The crowd erupted in applause during Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential primary debate when Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) declared that white supremacy is a threat to the U.S. and should be labeled as domestic terrorism.
“We need to call out white supremacy for what it is: domestic terrorism. And it poses a threat to the United States of America,” Warren said, drawing applause from the audience at the Democratic primary debate in Detroit.
Warren’s comments come less than a week after FBI Director Christopher Wray told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the majority of the roughly 100 domestic terrorism-related arrests since October were connected to white supremacy.
“I will say that a majority of the domestic terrorism cases that we’ve investigated are motivated by some version of what you might call white supremacist violence, but it does include other things as well,” Wray said.
The FBI director has previously warned that white supremacy poses a “pervasive” threat to the country.
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There were almost twice as many terrorist incidents committed by right-wing extremists as by Islamist extremists in the U.S. from 2008 to 2016, according to a 2017 report from The Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund and The Center for Investigative Reporting’s Reveal.
Looking at both plots and attacks carried out, the group tracked 201 terrorist incidents on U.S. soil from January 2008 to the end of 2016. The database shows 115 cases by right-wing extremists ― from white supremacists to militias to “sovereign citizens” ― compared to 63 cases by Islamist extremists. Incidents from left-wing extremists, which include ecoterrorists and animal rights militants, were comparatively rare, with 19 incidents.