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Why don't we ever call white extremists terrorists?

Americans are nearly twice as likely to be killed by a white guy as by a Muslim terrorist.

There have been at least 10 acts of terror carried out by white American men in the first 11 months of 2018 alone. But for some reason, we aren't calling these guys terrorists.

That's because, according to President Trump's rules of engagement, terrorism seems like a word exclusively reserved for Muslims and immigrants.

Earlier this month, in the ramp-up to the 2018 midterm elections, Trump returned to the stump with a similar refrain: “We will keep the criminals, drug dealers, terrorists the hell out of our country.” He even released a comprehensive strategy for fighting terrorism that’s mostly about the border and the Middle East.


However, if we look at the data, it turns out that Trump’s set his eyes on the wrong target.

White men are responsible for 71 percent of extremist-related deaths in America over the last 10 years, according to the Anti-Defamation League. So if the president is truly going to fulfill his promise of protecting us from terror, he should really be protecting us from the men who look like him.

Cover photo: In this April 10, 2017, file photo, Dylann Roof appears in the Charleston County Court to enter his guilty plea on murder charges in Charleston, S.C. Roof had his first appeal of his death sentence for killing nine people in a racist attack on praying worshippers in a Charleston church rejected Wednesday, May 10, by the same judge who presided at his trial. (Grace Beahm/The Post And Courier via AP, Pool, File)

Produced by Alexander Stockton

This segment originally aired November 13, 2018 on VICE News Tonight on HBO.