Speaking on the floor of the United States Senate, Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said suspected Charleston shooter Dylann Roof was an example of “Mideast hate.” “That’s something I didn’t think we had here but apparently we do,” he added.
Graham has dismissed the idea that the Charleston murders had any larger impact. “I just think he was one of these whacked out kids. I don’t think it’s anything broader than that,” Graham said.
Roof, in fact, appeared to be strongly motivated by white supremacist ideology and allegedly wrote a long manifesto espousing those views. While Graham is focused on threats originating from the Middle East, researchers believe right-wing extremism represents a larger threat.