Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said Thursday that “generally white males” have carried out terror attacks since 9/11 in the United States.
Brown said in an interview with Akron radio station WAKR that he believes Americans trust federal agencies to defend against outside threats, but noted that there had been multiple domestic shootings in the post-9/11 era.
“I mean, since the beginning of the Bush administration when we were attacked, September 11th, we’ve not had any major terrorist attacks in this country. We’ve had individual crazy people, of normally, they look more like me than they look like Middle Easterners,” Brown said. “They are generally white males, who have shot up people in movie theaters and schools. Those are terrorist attacks, they’re just different kinds of terrorists.”
A recent survey of national law enforcement agencies showed that officials considered right-wing attacks, such as the massacre at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, to be a greater threat than Islamic extremism. The gunman in the Charleston shooting was a white, 21-year-old man with white supremacist sympathies.