While right-wing politicians and mainstream media continue to portray Islam as inherently violent, American Muslims and mosques are under serious threat.
According to a report by CNN, an average of nine mosques in the United States have been attacked every month in 2017, or at least two per week. In total, there have been 63 publicly reported mosque attacks spanning more than 26 states.
This also marks an increase over 2016. According to data reported by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 46 mosque attacks occurred over the same time period last year.
Trump appears unconcerned by attacks targeting Muslims
Just last weekend, a mosque in Minnesota was bombed with a homemade device.
While the state's governor referred to the incident as "an act of terrorism," the administration of President Donald Trump has remained silent on the attack. Many have pointed out that while Trump is quick to equate Islam with terrorism, he has all but ignored the spike in attacks on Muslims and mosques throughout his country.
When pressed by an MSNBC reporter about the recent mosque attack, a Trump adviser suggested it could be "fake" and "propagated by the left."
Anti-Muslim hate crimes are on the rise
FBI statistics reveal that anti-Muslim hate crimes rose by 67 percent in 2015. The number of anti-Muslim hate groups also tripled in the U.S. from 2015 to 2016 – a surge of 197 percent – according to a February report by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
The author of the SPLC report, Mark Potok, holds President Trump, as well as other right-wing pundits and politicians, accountable for energizing hate groups and White supremacist groups.
"Trump’s run for office electrified the radical right, which saw in him a champion of the idea that America is fundamentally a white man's country," Potok said.
Potok said that the leap in the number of anti-Muslim groups is not surprising, citing "the unrelenting propaganda of a growing circle of well-paid ideologues".
A February survey by Pew Research Center also found that U.S. adults hold the most negative views toward Muslims compared to followers of other major religions.