As police stand guard, armed anti-Muslim protestors, who did not want to give their names, stand across the street from a mosque during a demonstration in Richardson, Texas, on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

2015: The Year US Political Leaders Fanned The Flames Of A Nation ‘Awash’ In Hate

2015 saw a record rise in homegrown violence and extremism that matched the rise of discriminatory and hateful rhetoric from mainstream political figures.