Fact check: Cory Booker insists that the ‘majority’ of terror attacks come from ‘right wing extremists’

Sen. Cory ‘Spartacus’ Booker, D-N.J., a candidate for president, was speaking to a group in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday when he claimed that the majority of terror attacks in the United States since 9/11 have been committed by white supremacists.

“There has been about 80 plus terrorist attacks since 9/11,” Booker declared. “The majority of them have been right-wing extremist groups and the majority of them have been white supremacist groups.”


Booker’s assertion is a cleaned up version of a claim he has made repeatedly, citing numbers from a 2017 report by the Government Accountability Office, “Countering Violent Terrorism.”

He said on January 16: “In American history since 9/11, we’ve had 85 major attacks in our country, 73 percent of them have been by white nationalist hate groups against minorities, against Muslims, against others.”

But the liberal fact-checking site PolitiFact said he “flubbed” the stats, as 45 percent were said to be committed by white supremacists, while the 73 percent he cited was by far-right extremist groups — of course, the devil is in the details when it comes to how groups are tagged.

The Daily Caller reported on problems with the GAO report:

Anti-government activists who appeared not to have been motivated by hate for minorities committed a good portion of the violent incidents the study categorized as right wing terror […].The GAO study also includes prison slayings carried out by white supremacist gangs as cases of domestic terror.


Another problem noted was a “glaring omission of left-wing terrorism” — there were three incidents cited of politically-motivated police murders by black nationalists left out.

Booker repeated his claim in February while discussing the Jussie Smollett claim of a hate crime — which the actor was later charged with staging.

The Democratic senator jumped on the early reports to call the attack a “modern-day lynching,” only to then say he would withhold judgment on the alleged attack after the story started collapsing.

“We know in America that bigoted and biased attacks are on the rise in a serious way, and we actually even know in this country that since 9/11, the majority of the terrorist attacks on our soil have been right-wing terrorist attacks — the majority of them white supremacist attacks,” Booker said in Rochester, N.H., according to Fox News.

While right-wing extremists were responsible for more incidents, it appears that more people have been killed by Islamic extremists.

According to the New America Foundation, as of Dec. 2018, those killed in terrorist attacks in the U.S. since 9/11 include 104 killed in jihadist attacks, 86 killed in far-right attacks, another 8 killed in black separatist/nationalist/supremacist attacks, and 8 more killed in ideological misogyny/”incel” ideology attacks.





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