There has been a near-tripling of anti-Muslim hate groups in the United States, according to a new report.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an American advocacy organisation specialising in civil rights and public interest litigation, said the radical right had been energised by the candidacy of Donald Trump, resulting a growth from 34 anti-Muslim groups in 2015 to 101 last year.

The overall number of hate groups likely understates the real level of organised hatred in America as a growing number of extremists operate mainly online and are not formally affiliated with hate groups.

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