Don Lemon Doubles Down: Evidence Is Overwhelming That Far-Right Radical White Men Nation's Biggest Threat


CNN's Don Lemon doubles down on his controversial comment Monday night that radicalized white men are the biggest terror threat to the country. Lemon responded on Wednesday's broadcast of his nightly CNN show.

DON LEMON, CNN HOST: Well, tonight I also want to talk about some uncomfortable truth. The truth about who really carries out domestic terror attacks in this country.

Earlier this week I made some comments about that in a conversation with Chris. I said that the biggest terror threat in this country comes from radicals on the far-right, primarily white men. That angered some people, but let's put emotion aside and look at the cold hard facts. The evidence is overwhelming.

A recent report from the government accountability office shows that. Even though more people died in attacks connected to Islamic extremists, the vast majority of deadly attacks in this country from 2001 to 2016 were carried out by far-right violent extremists. The Washington Post, in writing about this today, cites a 2017 report from the nation institutes investigative fund. It found that far-right plots and attacks outnumber Islamist incidents by almost 2 to 1.

The anti-defamation league says home grown extremists of all kinds killed at least 372 people in the U.S. from 2007 to 2016. Right wing extremists were responsible for 74 percent of deaths. Left wing extremists were responsible for only 2 percent. The nonpartisan think tank, new America, looked at attacks in this country after 9/11 and going up to the attack in Charlottesville. They found that of the domestic terror attacks, those carried out -- those not carried out by jihadist, 68 were by far-right groups. Only 8 were by left wing or black separatist groups.

So, let me break that down for you even further. Their analysis shows that for every eight deadly attacks by right wing extremists, there were one by left wing extremists. Those are the facts. So people who are angered about what I said are missing the entire point. We don't need to worry about people who are thousands of miles away. The biggest threats are home grown. The facts prove that.

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