The Southern Poverty Law Center released a new report about the number of hate groups peaking in the US. The year 2018 was the fourth year in a row that the number of hate groups rose steadily. The organization lays the blame for the rise in hate groups in part on President Donald Trump. According to the report, "Trump has activated a growing fear in many white Americans who view their power as threatened by our country’s rapidly changing demographics. He is taking advantage of their rage against change."
The SPLC report comes just as a white supremacist man named Christopher Paul Hasson was arrested in Maryland after federal law enforcement found a massive weapons cache at his home. Hasson was apparently planning a major domestic terrorist attack aimed at politicians, journalists, and even possibly Supreme Court justices. He wanted to, "establish a white homeland," and is reported to have said, "I am dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth." Soon after his arrest President Trump declared the New York Times, the "ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE," on Twitter, for their coverage of his potential wrongdoings. The Times retorted that his rhetoric continued to be dangerous and encourages violence against journalists.
GUEST: Heidi Beirich, leads the SPLC’s Intelligence Project, which publishes the award-winning Intelligence Report and the Hatewatch blog.
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