The candidacy and presidency of Donald Trump have given right-wing extremist organizations a boost in the United States. Hundreds of hate groups are active in the country. Here’s what you should know about the various groups and their beliefs.
1. The Ku Klux Klan
The federal government disbanded the KKK terrorist group in the early 1900s. However, the group became a strong force again in the 1960s, beating and murdering African Americans and white activists in reaction to the civil rights movement. Today, the KKK is made up of around 8,000 members across dozens of various independent chapters and their main activity has been distributing white supremacist leaflets. Many of the KKK leaders, including former chief David Duke, supported Donald Trump’s presidency and continue to back him.