As Jana Winter at Yahoo News observes, the report marks a shift from the Trump administration’s long-running record of downplaying the specter of far-right terrorism. A whistleblower’s complaint in 2020 revealed that Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, DHS’ second-highest-ranking official, issued orders to change intelligence assessments in order to make the white supremacist risk “seem much less extreme.” He additionally wished the assessments to incorporate data on “left-wing” teams and antifa.
The JRIC’s evaluation was based mostly partially on information supplied by U.S. Crisis Monitor, a company with a full set of data on political violence that features reporting on varied protests across the nation.
A lot of probably the most deadly home terrorism during the Trump years was the work of “lone wolf” extremists who dedicated mass killings on behest of varied far-right causes. That scenario shifted noticeably in 2020 due primarily to the COVID-19 pandemic, which diminished alternatives and targets for such terrorism—and likewise created new alternatives amid protests over public well being restrictions and police brutality, the latter of which had been left-wing protests that attracted far-right terrorists intent on amplifying the protest violence.
Probably the most stark instance of this was “Boogaloo Boi” Steven Carrillo’s shooting of two federal officers on the scene of an Oakland anti-police protest in June. Lower than every week later, Carrillo additionally shot and killed a sheriff’s deputy trying to arrest him.
For the reason that report solely included information on deadly incidents, it didn’t embody any of the various circumstances of far-right home terrorism in 2020 that concerned preemptive arrests of would-be terrorists. This contains the arrests in early 2020 of members of neo-Nazi terrorism squads The Base and Atomwaffen Division (members of those organizations had been also arrested in the course of the yr for similar activities) in addition to the arrests in Michigan of 14 militiamen who deliberate each an assault on the state Capitol in Lansing that includes televised executions of state officers, and to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.