White supremacist terrorism is the deadliest threat to the United States, President Joe Biden told lawmakers Wednesday night as he aimed to pivot from the country’s post-9/11 foreign fights to one at home.
“Make no mistake. In 20 years, terrorism has metastasized. The threat has evolved beyond Afghanistan,” Biden said, describing the lingering threats of the Islamic State and al Qaeda before warning of a new war in Americans’ backyard.
“We won’t ignore what our intelligence agencies have determined to be the most lethal terrorist threat to our homeland today: White supremacy is terrorism,” Biden said. “We’re not going to ignore that either.”
Upon taking office, Biden called for a threat assessment on domestic terrorism and appointed to the National Security Council a new counterterrorism official to oversee that study and federal work on the issue.
The president then urged Congress to pass