The Southern Poverty Law Center, aka the SPLC, has published a list of what they call “Terror from the Right” that categorizes two Islamic terror attacks—including the deadly assault on Orlando’s Pulse nightclub that left 49 dead and the Black Lives Matter-inspired murders of police officers in Baton Rouge and Dallas—as “radical-right terrorist plots.”
The motive for the SLPC’s bizarre definition of the political right remains unclear, but the list of the “stories of plots, conspiracies and racist rampages since 1995 — plots and violence waged against a democratic America” includes a section on the Orlando attack that says:
June 12, 2016
Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard of Ft. Pierce, Florida, enters Pulse, an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, with an assault rifle and a pistol. He kills 49 people and wounds 53. After a three-hour standoff, he is killed when law enforcement officers crash into the building with an armored vehicle and stun grenades. Mateen called 911 during the attack to pledge allegiance to ISIS and mentioned the Boston Marathon bombers. He also demanded that U.S. bombing of Syria and Iraq stop. His father initially told NBC News that his son had expressed outrage when he saw two men kissing in Miami. Others described Mateen as a violent, deeply conflicted man who had beaten his former wife and often frequented gay bars. The FBI interviewed Mateen in 2013 and 2014 but reportedly found no evidence that he was tied to terrorism.
The SLPC’s description notably includes the implication that Mateen was secretly gay, an allegation made by several left-wing media outlets in the wake of the attack. Sources like the New York Daily news flatly reported Omar Mateen was gay, and the Guardianpublished headlines like Omar Mateen’s interest in gay men makes this no ordinary act of terrorism.
However, the Los Angeles Times reported in June, 2016 that law enforcement officials told them that the “FBI has found no evidence so far to support claims by those who say Mateen had gay lovers or communicated on gay dating apps.”