Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown says most terrorist attacks in the country since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks have been committed by "generally white males."
"I think most of us recognize, we're concerned but we also know that we trust the FBI and our security forces to do this right," the senator from Ohio said on WAKR radio on Thursday morning. "Since the beginning of the Bush administration when we were attacked, September 11th, we've not had any major terrorist attacks in this country. We've had individual crazy people, of normally, they look more like me than they look like Middle Easterners. They are generally white males, who have shot up people in movie theaters and schools. Those are terrorist attacks, they're just different kinds of terrorists."
Brown said the U.S. government does a good job at keeping us safe from foreigners seeking to attack the country, but not "crazy gunmen" who perpetrate mass shootings in schools and other public spaces.
"But we have since the early Bush days, when September 11th happened, through the rest of the Bush years, and through the almost six years of the Obama administration, we've kept this country safe," said Brown.
"Individual people shouldn't be fearful, because by and large our government, the federal government — people always talk obviously they don't trust the feds, whatever. The federal government and local communities have done a pretty good job at keeping us safe. Not keeping us safe from crazy gunmen coming into schools and movie theaters sometimes but certainly keeping us safe from foreigns attacking this country."
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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