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Hate groups on the rise across Montana, nation

Hat tip, the Newseum, which had the Great Falls Tribune's front page on display this morning.

Hate groups on the rise across Montana, nation

Seaborn Larson, Great Falls Tribune Published 5:19 p.m. MT Feb. 15, 2017 | Updated 13 hours ago

Montana aligned with the rest of the U.S. last year in its increase of hate-group activity, the Southern Poverty Law Center announced Wednesday.

In 2016, 917 hate groups were active in communities around the nation, up from 892 in 2015, according to the SPLC’s annual census of hate groups in the U.S. Anti-Muslim groups almost tripled to 101 in 2016, the biggest increase counted by the organization.

The organization, which monitors hate groups around the U.S., noted it was the second year in a row that hate groups were on the rise.

Mark Potok, senior fellow at the SPLC, said during a phone conference with members of the media that the rise of hate groups was bolstered by one source: the election of President Donald Trump.
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Information compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center is available at www.splcenter.org.

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