Report claims most violence comes from 'right wing'

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Chad Groening (

Portland riots - carrying shieldsA national defense analyst is questioning the cherry-picked findings of a left-wing think tank that claims the Right is behind a majority of domestic terrorism acts.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies recently released a June report predicting the U.S. will endure a terrorism problem in the near future and most of those attacks, the group says, will come from right-wingers.   

"Right-wing extremists perpetrated two thirds of the attacks and plots in the United States in 2019 and over 90 percent between January 1 and May 8, 2020,” the report states.

Bob Maginnis, senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council, says the cut-off date of May 8 is a telling decision by the group.

Portland riots - fence“There's been such a phalanx of left-wing rioting across America for the last hundred days,” he observes, “that had this article been written just here recently, I would find it hard to believe that they could ignore what's been happening in Portland, Chicago, New York, Seattle and other places."

The violent street rioting can be traced back to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which happened on Memorial Day, May 25.

The report does not completely ignore far-left groups such an Antifa, which is noted for its mixture of anarchist and communist views, but Maginnis says the Center deserves to be questioned if not ignored. It is staffed, he says, by Democrats and members of the Council on Foreign Relations, known for its globalist, anti-nationalist views.


“So I'm not surprised,” Maginnis says.

He also points out the Black Lives Matter group is not included in the same report even though BLM marchers are often working shoulder to shoulder when committing arson attacks and fight police officers in street battles. 

The report's conclusion about right-wing violence was noticed by The Guardian, a British newspaper, which reported in a July 27 story that President Trump was "railing against far-left fascism" but the Center had reported zero deaths attributed to that movement. 

Trump supporter bloodiedTwo months after the report was published, federal law enforcement officers surrounded and killed Antifa member Michael Reinoehl, who was armed, while serving a warrant in Washington state. He was wanted for gunning down Aaron Danielson, a Patriot Prayer member, in Portland and had told Vice News hours before his death that he hoped the August 29 murder, which he defended as self-defense, triggered a civil war. 

The statistics compiled in the Center report, and cited by The Guardian, include 329 victims of right-wing violence that date back to 1994. That year would allow the report to include the Oklahoma City bombing, which killed 168 people at the hands of right-wing terrorist Timothy McVeigh.

The newspaper story concludes with a comment from Yveette Felarca, identified in the story as a "California-based anti-fascist activist," who told The Guardian that President Trump is embellishing the threat from Antifa to encourage his "hardcore" supporters to attack protesters.

protests at Charlottesville, VA Aug 2017Unmentioned in The Guardian story, however, is that Felarca was charged with felony assault in 2016 after video surfaced showing her slapping and punching an alleged white nationalist at a Sacramento protest that erupted into a riot. Several of her co-defendants faced charges after throwing the man to the ground and kicking him. 

Felarca, an elemenatary school teacher who belongs to the group Any Means Necessary, was sentenced to community service as a plea agreement with the D.A.


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