President Trump has no problem declaring that the threat of "radical Islamic extremism" must be countered with full force. Yet what the President conveniently forgets to mention is that the biggest terror threat in America is not posed by Muslim extremists, but rather, by right-wing extremists.
According to the New America Foundation, which has been tracking deadly terror incidents on U.S. soil since the Sept. 11 attacks, "there is an almost two-to-one ratio of attacks by far-right extremists to Islamist extremists, with 21 deadly attacks by far-right extremists, compared to 11 by Islamist extremists."
So why do most Americans fear Muslim extremists but not white extremists?
This misplaced fear is largely a result of skewed media coverage. When the perpetrator is Muslim, terror attacks receive five times more coverage than when the perpetrator is a non-Muslim. And the President's response to terror attacks are usually reflective of the same media trend, showing a clear double standard in his response to terrorism:
"After Islamist extremists attacked London on June 3, for instance, Trump condemned the violence on Twitter the same day ― but after an attack in Portland, Oregon, by a white supremacist on May 26, Trump waited more than two days before tweeting about it. After the London attack, Trump also called on the courts to reinstate his travel ban on certain Muslim-majority countries ― which was roundly criticized. After the Portland attack, Trump made no calls to change policy to prevent future attacks."
Trump's over-emphasis on "Islamic terrorism" is also reflective in government policy and resources: "The government succeeded in interrupting the vast majority of Islamist extremist terror cases since 2008, for instance: 76 percent of incidents tracked were “foiled plots,” which the group noted showed “a significant investment of law enforcement resources.” When it came to right-wing extremism, only about a third of incidents were interrupted ― 35 percent ― and the majority of the cases included acts of violence that led to deaths, injuries or damaged property."
I decided to create an imagined news report of what it would look like if Donald Trump treated white extremists the same way he treats Muslim extremists.