Trump 'fear-mongering' fuels rise of U.S. hate groups to record: watchdog - 2019-02-20
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of hate groups operating in the United States rose 7 percent to an all-time high last year, the Southern Poverty Law Center said on Wednesday, attributing the increase largely to anti-immigrant rhetoric from President Donald Trump.
The SPLC, which has tracked hate groups since 1971, found there were 1,020 operating in the United States in 2018, breaking the 1,018 record set in 2011. It marked the fourth consecutive year of growth.
The group blamed Trump, whose administration has focused on reducing illegal and legal immigration into the United States.