Report: Number of Hate Groups Surges Amid Election Cycle Marked by Hate Speech

HeadlineFeb 18, 2016

The number of hate groups rose considerably across the United States last year. A new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center found the number of hate groups rose 14 percent last year, bringing the total number of hate groups in the U.S. to nearly 900. The report found the number of Ku Klux Klan groups more than doubled. It also documented 34 anti-Muslim hate groups and 48 anti-LGBTQ hate groups. Report author Mark Potok pointed to the presidential election cycle as one of the primary reasons for a rising number of hate groups across the U.S., saying last year was marked by “hate speech in mainstream politics to an extent that we have not seen in decades. … White supremacist forums are awash with electoral joy, having dubbed Trump their 'Glorious Leader.'”

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