“We are listing them because they are clearly white supremacists,” Heidi Beirich, a spokesperson for the SPLC, told VICE News.
Meanwhile, the SPLC’s president, Richard Cohen, has emphasized that Black Lives Matter will definitely not appear on the list. In July, he published a statement explaining why his organization does not consider BLM a hate group, taking a swipe at Donald Trump in the process:
“There’s no doubt that some protesters who claim the mantle of Black Lives Matter have said offensive things, like the chant ‘pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon’ that was heard at one rally,” Cohen wrote. “But before we condemn the entire movement for the words of a few, we should ask ourselves whether we would also condemn the entire Republican Party for the racist words of its presumptive nominee – or for the racist rhetoric of many other politicians in the party over the course of years.”