The Oklahoma City bombing was almost exactly 24 years ago. Just barely makes your cutoff. Have to wonder if that cutoff date wasn’t a wee bit arbitrary in an effort to bolster your fruitless argument. After all, why cut it off at 25? Why not 40? Or 50? How about 10?

Okay, let’s see: 2,977 people were killed in the World Trade Center attack. There were 49 deaths at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando; 14 more died at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino; 13 were killed at Fort Hood; Eight were killed by a guy driving a rented truck in New York City. That’s 3,061 victims. None of this was white-supremacist, neo-Nazi violence.

We’ve got eight cops killed by sniper fire in Dallas and ambush in Baton Rouge by Micah Johnson and Gavin Long, respectively. Since both of them were black, I find it hard to believe they were white supremacists.

In fact, Johnson was at least interested in the New Black Panther Party, the Nation of Islam, and the Black Riders Liberation Army, three groups identified as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Long was a black nationalist and separatist.

James Hodgkinson, wasn’t able to actually kill anyone, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. The Bernie Sanders supporter and police exchanged about 100 rounds as he tried to hit Republican congressmen. He did manage to shoot four, critically wounding two of them. Virginia’s attorney general said it was “an act of terrorism…fueled by rage against Republican legislators.”

I think I will let the Virginia AG’s statement stand on its own merits.

On the other hand, we have one person killed by James Fields in Charlottesville with a Dodge Challenger and nine people killed by Dylann Roof at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. That’s ten murders by a known right-wing militant and an avowed white supremacist.

I don’t know if Wade Page was a right-wing extremist but it was pretty obvious he didn’t like Muslims; he murdered six of them in the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Robert Bowers certainly hated Jews; he shouted anti-Semitic statements while he gunned down 11 of them in Pittsburgh. The total is 17 murders driven by religious intolerance.

So we have 27 deaths that could be attributed to right-wing/white supremacist violence.

A majority but nowhere near an exclusive.

McVeigh is probably fair; he had been a member of one of the various “militia” groups. However, one of the incidents that drove his desire for retribution occurred under a conservative Republican President, George H.W. Bush; the other under a liberal Democratic President, Bill Clinton. I have to assume that McVeigh was actually non-partisan; he just hated the government, no matter who was running the show.

You might be interested in this article from Real Clear Politics. Then again, it challenges your assertions, so maybe it won’t be so interesting, after all.

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