The Washington Examiner reported today that James T. Hodgkinson, the reported shooter of House GOP Whip Steve Scalise liked the SPLC, along with other liberal groups, on his Facebook page. This is not the first time an attack of this nature has been connected to the Southern Poverty Law Center and their list of so-called “Hate Groups”.
In the 2012 shooting at the Family Research Council, that injured a security guard, convicted domestic terrorist Floyd Lee Corkins II said he targeted the group because the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) identified them as a “hate group” due to their traditional marriage views.
At first glance, the SPLC’s “Hate Map” includes accurate information about hate-fueled organizations like the Ku Klux Klan and Neo-Nazi movement, but when you dive in deeper, you start to notice legitimate organizations featured on the list. Organizations like the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), a Washington, DC based think-tank that provides statistics and information on immigration in the United States, are listed as hate groups.
It would seem that the SPLC hides behind the obvious hate groups like the KKK, neo-nazis and other extremists in order to gain credibility so they can label legitimate organizations as “hate groups” simply because they don’t agree with their political stance.