Dowd: Radical White Extremism Is Actually A Much Bigger Problem In America Than Radical Islam


ABC News chief political analyst Matthew Dowd comments on the synagogue shooting near San Diego, California on Sunday's edition of "This Week" roundtable.

MATTHEW DOWD: Well, there's all kinds of data that shows over the last few years that there's a huge rise of radical white extremism in America. And it's actually a much bigger problem within America than radical Islam, but we spend vast amounts more resources and dollars in manpower and police work related to radical Islam than we do to what's going on in America.

So, first, we have it address that problem and this is reflective of that. Second, we have to have a real conversation. This was another example where guns are involved in America and all of these shootings where there's access to guns and what we are going to do -- as a gun owner, I own five guns myself. Most gun owners believe we have to do something about guns.

And three, I think the president needs to at some point look in the mirror and understand that the rhetoric, the words he uses in all of this, inflame a big part of what's going on in America, give permission to the most craziest people in America, not that the president is responsible, but his rhetoric adds to that, and he needs to reflect on that, because the day -- now that we're having these shootings not only in public places and in concerts and in places where parties are, we're having them in synagogues and mosques and Christian churches.

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