"I do not really think so, I think it's a small group of people who have very, very serious problems, I think," said the President. "If you look at what happened in New Zealand, maybe I do not know enough about it, you just get to know the person and the people involved, but it's a terrible thing."
The man who was assaulted for the murder in New Zealand cited a list of white nationalists who inspired him in his alleged manifesto published online.
Facts first: White nationalism is certainly a growing threat in the US, for which there is much evidence.
Over the past two years, there has been a series of high-profile White Nationalist incidents, possibly the March of Unite the Right in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 201
7. One woman was killed and 19 were injured as a raging car in a crowd of anti-protesters rammed.
Last year's shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh claimed 11 lives. The prosecution accused the gunman, an avowed white nationalist, of hate crimes. In February, the authorities arrested a Coast Guard lieutenant, a suspected white supervisor who was planning an attack on several television anchors and elected officials.
The data suggests that all of this is part of a broader rise in white nationalism in the US.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), an organization focused on persecuting extremist activities, found out last year that white supremacist murders in the US "more than doubled" were 59 percent of all extremist deaths in the US USA in 2017. "They were responsible for 20% of these deaths in the previous year.
" This attack (in New Zealand) highlights a trend that ADL has been following: Modern white superiority is an international threat that knows no bounds and As has never before been exported and globalized, "ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a press release.
ADL also reported that the propaganda efforts of white supremacist groups in the US rose 182% in 2018, with the number of incidents rising from 421 the previous year to 1,187.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think-tank based in Washington, DC, reports that "the number of terrorist attacks (in the US) has increased from right-wing extremists in the last decade, more than a quadrupling between 2016 and 2017."
White nationalism, supremacism and right-wing extremist attacks and propaganda are on the increase. The President wrongly points out that these groups are not a growing threat.
Domestic terrorism has seen an overall upward trend in the United States. Nearly 25 other arrests were made in the last three months of 2018, an FBI official told CNN. These cases are different from actions related to international investigations against terrorism, such as Al Qaeda and ISIS.
As CNN reported recently, the FBI has around 900 open investigations into domestic terrorism.