America seems to be getting angrier, according to a report by one watchdog group.
Last year marked the first time in five years, that the number of hate groups in the United States has risen.
The number of hate groups rose considerably across the United States last year. A new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a legal and advocacy organization known for monitoring extremist activity, found that the number of hate groups rose by 14% last year. That brings the total number of hate groups in the U.S. to nearly 900.
Swelling numbers of Ku Klux Klan chapters and Black separatist groups drove last year’s surge; though organizations classified as anti-gay, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim also saw increases.
The report found the number of Klu Klux Klan groups more than doubled. It also documented 34 anti-Muslim hate groups and 48 anti-LGBT hate groups. The report’s author, Mark Potoke, pointed to the presidential election cycle as one of the primary reasons for a rising number of hate groups across the U.S. Mr. Potoke says 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.”