According to Attorney General Merrick Garland, the main danger comes from those who advocate for white supremacy.
Racially and ethnically motivated extremism poses a major domestic threat to the United States in 2021. The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the country Merrick Garland at a hearing in the Committee on Budget Appropriations of the US Senate stated this on Wednesday. The broadcast was conducted on the committee’s website.
“Domestic violent extremism poses an increased threat [to the US] in 2021,” he said. According to the Attorney General, “the main threat comes from racially and ethnically motivated extremists, especially those who advocate for white supremacy.” The Attorney General also recalled the most high-profile crimes committed by supporters of the idea of white supremacy in recent years, in particular, the attacks on parishioners of a synagogue in Pittsburgh and an African-American church in Charleston, which killed 20 people. The Minister of Justice also called anti-state violent extremism one of the main internal threats. Garland stressed that combating these phenomena “requires an unprecedented level of cooperation between all security services and the government.”