This weekend, three people were killed in vio­lent inci­dents out­side Kansas City. From the ear­liest reports, the killings bore all the hall­marks of a ter­rorist attack.

There is still no con­sensus over the def­i­n­i­tion, but ter­rorism usu­ally denotes a non­state actor attacking civilian tar­gets to spread fear for some puta­tive polit­ical goal. And here we had a 73-​​year-​​old lone wolf opening fire on a Jewish com­mu­nity center and retire­ment home on Passover eve yelling “Heil Hitler.”

With time, it’s become even clearer that the alleged per­pe­trator is a ter­rorist. As founder of the Car­olina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the White Patriot Party, Fra­zier Glenn Miller has a long his­tory of mil­i­tant anti-​​Semitism. The Southern Poverty Law Center described him as a “raging anti-​​Semite” known for posting online rants, like “No Jews, Just Right.” The Insti­tute for Research & Edu­ca­tion on Human Rights has also noted, “His wor­ship for Hitler and Hit­lerism is real.” According to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, Miller is “one of the pio­neers in the modern hate world, he’s been entrenched in the hate move­ment his entire adult life.”

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