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175 killed in white nationalist attacks in the last 8 years

FUEL: President Trump condemned the recent El-Paso shooting which saw 21 people killed

IN THE past eight years, it is estimated that more than 175 people around the world have been killed in 16 attacks, motivated predominately by white nationalists upholding the far right racist belief that non-white immigrants are ‘invaders’ and pose an existential threat to the white race.

Targets of the attacks are most often muslin worshippers in mosques, black Americans in churches, or Jewish Americans in synagogues.

In the most recent white nationalist attack 21 people were left dead and 26 were injured at a Walmart superstore in El Paso, Texas on Saturday (Aug 3).

The weekend before, at a family-friendly garlic festival in Gilroy, California, three people were left dead and 15 wounded.

Law enforcement officials in the US are currently investigating two more mass shootings with potential links to white nationalist radicalisation.

SICKENED

Following the El-Paso shooting, President Trump condemned “racism, bigotry and white supremacy”.

Americans are “sickened by this monstrous evil, the cruelty, the hatred, the malice, the bloodshed and the terror,” Trump said.

“Hate has no place in America, … hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul,” he added.

“The internet has provided a dangerous avenue to radicalise disturbed minds. We have to find the courage to answer hatred with unity, devotion and love.”

The US President’s comments have been criticised, with presidential candidate Cory Booker tweeting: “The president is weak. And wrong. White supremacy is not a mental illness, and guns are a tool that white supremacists use to fulfill their hate.”

The National Rifle Association (NRA) also released a statement, sharing their “deepest sympathies are with the families and victims of these tragedies.”

"On behalf of our millions of members, we salute the courage of the first responders and others offering their services during this time."

"We will not participate in the politicising of these tragedies but, as always, we will work in good faith to pursue real solutions that protect us all from people who commit these horrific acts," the statement concluded.

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