The world has watched in horror as the Islamic State successfully recruited angry, frustrated and often mentally unstable young men to violence, channeling their disaffection and alienation into their warped ideology and eventually, deadly action.
As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump seized on these events, making it a campaign theme of his to call out “radical Islamic terrorists” at home as well as overseas. In the second presidential debate, he lectured Hillary Clinton on her reluctance, and President Barack Obama’s to do the same.
“To solve a problem, you have to be able to state what the problem is or at least say the name," Trump claimed.
Even back then, Trump was willfully ignoring a form of terrorism that was even more deadly than the Islamic threat, and getting deadlier. In 2015 a study found that since the September 11 attacks in 2001, twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists and right-wing extremists as have been killed by radical extremist Muslims pursuing jihad. And it has only gotten worse since then.