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    South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg acknowledged during his interviews with police investigators last year that he was reading political articles—including a conspiracy theory-laden piece about Joe Biden—on his phone just before he struck and killed a pedestrian with his car. Ravnsborg is currently facing three misdemeanor charges, calls from Gov. Kristi Noem to resign, and impeachment proceedings for killing 55-year-old Joseph Boever on the side of a highway last year. Ravnsborg, who was returning from a political dinner on Sept. 12, initially told police after striking Boever that he thought he’d hit a deer and eventually left the scene of the incident. The following morning, however, Boever’s body was found. In videos released this week, interrogators can be seen informing the attorney general last September that Boever’s glasses were found inside his vehicle, revealing that the victim’s “face came through your windshield,” contradicting Ravnsborg’s claims that he was...
    Historically, American Jews have leaned more liberal than conservative, especially given the anti-Semitic white nationalists and neo-Nazis that comfortably reside on the right. So what are we to make of the fact that today, the largest block of supporters of Israel are American Republicans and, in particular, Evangelical Christians? ’Til Kingdom Come investigates that seemingly illogical alliance, unearthing a union born from a combination of extreme religious faith and strategic practicality. And while Maya Zinshtein’s non-fiction exposé doesn’t quite get to the bottom of this increasingly thorny issue, it remains an eye-opening examination of a relationship that both sides believe is ordained by God, even if it involves making a deal with the devil. Premiering on VOD on Feb. 25, ’Til Kingdom Come takes a sober look at Israelis’ and Evangelicals’ spiritual-political pact, which spans the dirt-poor backwaters of America to the halls of Jerusalem power. That survey begins in...
    A skier glides along a golf course after a snow storm on February 18, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas. Ron Jenkins/Getty Images Conspiracy theories and misinformation surrounding the crisis in Texas are circulating. Right-wing pundits and politicians are promoting some claims to discredit climate science. Misinformation often thrives in moments of turmoil, experts told Insider.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Several people have died during Winter Storm Uri, which brought snowfall and record-low temperatures to Texas. Because the state is accustomed to its warm climate, the state's energy infrastructure was not prepared for the storm. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) rolled out blackouts to protect the state's power grid, cutting off electricity for millions of people for days.  But while Texans sought heat and shelter, another problem emerged online. Conspiracy theories of outlandish proportions spread in far-right online spaces, including Telegram channels run by...
    NAPA — Federal prosecutors have filed charges against a Napa man who was allegedly caught with pipe bombs, and authorities say he is being investigated for possible ties to a far-right militia known as the Three Percenters. Ian Benjamin Rogers, 43, of Napa, was charged with possessing five pipe bombs. According to the criminal complaint, authorities uncovered evidence Rogers was was researching guerrilla warfare and plotting attacks against “Twitter or the democrats.” He also specifically mentioned targeting California Gov. Gavin Newsom, the complaint alleges. According to the FBI, Rogers was motivated by a desire to keep former President Donald Trump in office, based on a belief that the 2020 election results were a sham. The complaint alleges a search of his home yielded indicia tied to the Three Percenters, and a novelty credit card with the words “white privilege card” printed on it. “Further, text messages recovered from Roger’s phone...
    The website for the right-wing social media app Parler suddenly re-emerged with a message on Sunday, just one week after Amazon suspended it from its web hosting service and Google and Apple removed it from their app stores.  ‘Hello world, is this thing on?’ CEO John Matze wrote in a message, dated January 16, accompanied with an image of an egg-timer and a ‘technical difficulties’ banner. ‘Now seems like the right time to remind you all — both lovers and haters — why we started this platform,’ Matze continued. ‘We believe privacy is paramount and free speech essential, especially on social media. Our aim has always been to provide a nonpartisan public square where individuals can enjoy and exercise their rights to both. ‘We will resolve any challenge before us and plan to welcome all of you back soon. We will not let civil discourse perish!’ While Parler's website showed...
    When Donald Trump tweeted out an invitation to his followers to join a mass protest on Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C.—“Be there, will be wild!”— many took it as a direct order. However, ahead of the demonstration, timed to take place at the Capitol to stop the Senate from certifying the election results, internal tensions threaten to undermine some far-right groups’ plans. In particular, trouble—in the form of a brewing gender war—has stricken the notorious Proud Boys on the social network app Telegram, heightening tensions in the chauvinist gang that has become synonymous with political violence in the U.S. On Dec. 21, a former MMA fighter named Tara LaRosa—who has marched with the Proud Boys and the far right around the country, including recently in D.C.—established a transphobic Telegram channel called Proud Girls USA. That same day, the ProudBoysUSA channel snubbed her, declaring that “Proud Girls” was a “ridiculous” idea....
    Candace Owens has launched a scathing attack on Dr Fauci and Bill Gates, describing them as 'evil' in a wild Twitter attack.  The pro-Trump activist also slammed the pharmaceutical industry and argued it is 'wrought with corruption'. Without explaining her remarks, Owens wrote on Twitter: 'Dr. Fauci is evil. Bill Gates is evil. The pharmaceutical industry is wrought with corruption and pure evil.'  Candace Owens has launched a scathing attack on Dr Fauci and Bill Gates, describing them as 'evil' In a wild Twitter attack, Owens said yesterday: 'Dr. Fauci is evil. Bill Gates is evil. The pharmaceutical industry is wrought with corruption and pure evil.' Pictured: Bill Gates Owens said Dr Fauci (pictured) 'is evil' but did not provide an explanation as to why she thought this Candace Owens launched the scathing Twitter attack yesterday RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    Smartmatic, a Florida-based voting company that has been brought up by Rudy Giuliani and others in President Donald Trump‘s orbit as they seek to cast doubt on the results of the 2020 election, is threatening legal action against right-wing media outlets that “defamed the company” in recent weeks. Featured Video Hide
    Over the last few weeks, Ron Watkins, the former administrator of the internet cesspool 8kun has reinvented himself as an expert on voting machines, digital ballot stuffing, signature matching, and the ins and outs of voter fraud. Despite having no training in any of these areas (indeed, a legal filing responding to a lawsuit where Watkins was cited as an expert witness called him “unqualified” to present such evidence), his frequent tweeting and “bombshell” videos claiming to show fraud in action have made him a rising star in the mainstream right-wing media. Featured Video Hide
    IT'S back to the drawing board after Manchester United's shambolic Champions League campaign. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side crashed out of the competition in the group stage on Tuesday after enduring a 3-2 defeat against RB Leipzig. 4 Failure in the competition is set to leave a £50million black hole in the club's bank balance. But it won't deter the club from making moves in the transfer window as they continue the rebuild on the pitch. Solskjaer will specifically look to strenghten the right flank having been linked with a new right-back in recent weeks. Aaron Wan-Bissaka remains the only natural right-sided defender in the squad and his attacking prowess has been called into question. It could open up a move for Real Madrid's Lucas Vazquez with reports the club are lining up a £14million bid in January. The 29-year-old - who has featured in 12...
    BERLIN (Reuters) - German prosecutors have charged 12 men with plotting well-funded, armed attacks on mosques in which they planned to kill or injure as many Muslims as possible, authorities said on Friday. "They aimed through attacks on mosques and the killing and wounding of as many Muslims as possible to create civil war-like conditions," prosecutors said in a statement. Prosecutors said the suspects, 11 gang members and one accomplice, had met regularly to plan, with all but one of them pledging to contribute thousands towards a 50,000-euro ($59,000) pot to finance the purchase of weapons. The suspects are all Germans and all but one of them has been detained. The twelfth is still at large, prosecutors in the southeastern city of Stuttgart said. Another had died while in custody. No further details were immediately available regarding the circumstances of his death. Germany has experienced a spate of right-wing attacks...
    Photo via Soapmoine/TwitterAs it becomes more and more apparent that Democratic candidate Joe Biden has the clearest path to the presidency, ardent supporters of Donald Trump are doing whatever it takes to thwart this momentum, including chanting rhythmic prayers that can easily be remixed over an Eminem beat. This was the case with Paula White, a Central Florida pastor who also serves as the Trump administration’s spiritual advisor.  A clip showing White chanting about Trump at a Wednesday night prayer service has since gone viral, and of course, someone had to splice the clip with the backing track of Eminem's "Without Me," along with a Vibing Cat meme.  well sorry @Eminem for that. But thats the first instrumental track i thought about. pic.twitter.com/5uce3N3GSP— Capitaine OSEF (@Soapmoine) November 5, 2020 Of course, this meme seems to be catching on, and now there’s already a trap remix, a house remix,...
    Two political operatives charged with launching robocalls that threatened black voters with arrest and forced vaccinations have been ordered to record a new message to more than 80,000 people admitting their crime of ‘electoral terror.’ US District Court Judge Victor Marrero set a deadline of Thursday at 5pm for Jacob Wohl, 22, and Jack Burkman, 54, to launch a fresh robocall to residents of Ohio and Michigan who received the initial call in August. Marrero, who sits on the federal bench in the Southern District of New York, told Wohl and Burkman that the second call must say that a court found his first one contained false information intended to intimidate voters and interfere in the election. News of the sentence was reported by Cleveland.com. Jacob Wohl (left), 22, and Jack Burkman (right), 54, were ordered by a federal judge in New York to record a new robocall for...
    Two far-right conspiracy theorists were indicted for fraud in Ohio on Tuesday after allegedly attempting a robocall scam to intimidate minority voters across the Midwest. Jacob Wohl, 22, and Jack Burkman, 54, were already charged in Michigan earlier this month with felonies in connection to the robocalls that aimed to dissuade residents in Detroit and other Democratic US cities from voting by mail.  In total, more than 85,000 calls were believed to have been made across the nation in late August.  The men have a history of staging hoaxes and spreading false smears against prominent Democrats and government officials. They rose to notoriety for inept attempts to manufacture sexual assault allegations against the likes of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.      Scroll down for video  Jacob Wohl, 22, pictured with President Trump. He was indicted in Ohio Tuesday with allegedly attempting a robocall scam to intimidate minority voters across the...
    Loading the player...  A Texas man allegedly affiliated with the right-wing group, the Boogaloo Bois has been charged with rioting in connection to the Minneapolis protests for George Floyd. Read More: Nigerian president leaves protest shootings that killed at least 12 people out of speech Authorities say, Ivan Harrison Hunter, 26, is the person who shot 13 rounds into the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct on May 28 with an “AK-47 style semiautomatic rifle,” according to MPR News. He is being charged with one count of participating in a riot and made an appearance in front of a judge on Thursday.  The criminal complaint says it was Hunter who was caught on video high-fiving another man while yelling, “Justice for Floyd!” and that a distinctive skull face mask from the riot was seen on his Facebook page. Hunter also made comments about committing violence in Minneapolis on the page. He is...
    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian riot police on Thursday prevented dozens of right-wing extremists from disrupting a youth cultural event with Kosovo after similar groups in previous weeks broke into two exhibitions and threatened artists in a theatre play.. Riot police deployed around the venue in central Belgrade hosting the Miredita Dobar Dan festival that is organized annually by liberal youth groups from Serbia and Kosovo. One of the extremists managed to break through the cordons and reach the scene before he was taken away. Serbia does not recognize the independence of Kosovo, a former province that declared independence in 2008 following a war in 1998-99, which ended after NATO intervened to stop Belgrade’s onslaught against ethnic Albanian separatists. International efforts aimed at negotiating normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo recently have picked up pace with both the United States and the European Union stepping in...
    Students take an exam in a gym converted into a classroom in Germany. Photo by Bodo Schackow/Picture Alliance via Getty Images Students at Maumee High School in Ohio were assigned clips from PragerU, a right-wing nonprofit that publishes videos containing falsities and potentially marginalizing information, the Huffington Post reported. One of the videos reported by the outlet argues there is no gender pay gap, and another video, titled "Is Islam a Religion of Peace?" uses examples of violence committed by Muslim terrorists to argue for the reformation of the entirety of Islam.  The assignments were struck from the curriculum after HuffPost reached out to the school about the videos.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. An extra credit assignment asked students in an Ohio high school to watch and respond to right-wing videos titled "Build the Wall" and "The Left Ruins Everything," the Huffington Post reported. The...
    The chair of the Republican National Committee declined to condemn the 'fringe' conspiracy theory group QAnon on Sunday, claiming she will dismiss the group because they are irrelevant to the election. 'Your uncle Mitt Romney called out the president for refusing to condemn QAnon, calling his conspiracy theory absurd and dangerous. As head of the GOP are you prepared to condemn QAnon?' ABC News' George Stephanopoulos asked Ronna McDaniel Sunday morning. 'You know, I knew you were going to ask me that question. I knew it, because it's something the voters are not even thinking about,' McDaniel shot back at the ABC News 'This Week' host. 'It's a fringe group, it's not part of our party.' 'The vice president said, 'I dismiss it out of hand.' The president said, you know what, 'I don't know anything about this group,' she said of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence's...
    The fallout from a fatal shooting following dueling demonstrations at Denver's Civic Center Park on October 10 has gone national, with the right-wing media attempting to blame a Black Lives Matter protester for instigating the incident even though the fatal shot was allegedly fired by Matthew Dolloff, a man hired to serve as a security guard for a 9News team. In one video, that protester, identified in multiple outlets as Jacob Kelly, can be seen yelling, "Mace me, motherfucker" at Lee Keltner, the 49-year-old victim who was officially identified by the Denver coroner's office on October 12. Related Stories How Patriot Muster-BLM Soup Drive Demonstrations Went to Hell Protester Shot, Killed at Dueling Demonstrations in Civic Center Park BLM Event v. Patriot Muster at Civic Center Park: Recipe for Chaos? Marijuana Deals Near YouToward the end of the footage shared by the U.S. Sun, Keltner moves away from Kelly and...
    Thirteen men with ties to illegal right-wing militias are facing charges in connection with extensive plots to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, attack the state Capitol building and incite a civil war, federal and state officials announced Thursday. Six men were charged in federal court for plotting to violently kidnap Whitmer at her vacation home with the help of explosives and firearms. The men reached out to and trained with members of an unauthorized militia group, according to an FBI affidavit unsealed Thursday, which did not name the militia group. [ READ The Problem With Militias and the Constitution ]Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel also announced gang- and terrorism-related charges Thursday against seven other men – all members of the unauthorized, far-right militia group Wolverine Watchmen – for planning to target members of law enforcement, attack the Michigan Captiol and instigate a civil war. Demonstrators, including armed members of anti-government...
    SOPA Images / Getty Images Gay men are posting pictures of themselves and others, kissing, embracing, dancing, getting married, and holding up the rainbow flag with the hashtag #ProudBoys. It is a campaign to drown out content from the Proud Boys, a right-wing extremist organization with ties to white supremacy.  The Proud Boys gained attention in the past week after President Donald Trump told members of the organization to "stand back and stand by" during the first presidential debate.   Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.   When asked to condemn white supremacists during the first presidential debate on September 29, President Donald Trump told members of Proud Boys, a right-wing extremist organization, to "stand back and stand by." In doing so, he catapulted the group, categorized as a "hate group" by the FBI for its ties to white supremacist organizing, into the spotlight.  But in the past few...
    Roger Sollenberger October 2, 2020 9:00AM (UTC) Right-wing provocateurs Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman were charged Thursday with multiple felony counts of voter intimidation for allegedly executing a series of robocalls designed to suppress vote-by-mail turnout in Michigan, according to authorities in the state. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel charged Wohl, 22, and Burkman, 54, with four counts of voter intimidation and conspiracy, including using a computer to commit the crime of conspiracy. Each charge carries a sentence of between five and seven years, with a maximum combined total of 24 years in prison. : State officials alleged that the duo "attempted to discourage voters from participating in the general election by creating and funding a robocall targeted at certain urban areas, including Detroit." The calls, which warned people about getting "BS'd into giving your private information to the man," reached nearly 12,000 residents when they were placed last month, according to a statement. The recordings falsely told recipients that mail-in ballots could be...
    Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel filed charges Thursday against Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl for sending out robocalls aimed at deterring Detroit residents from voting by mail. Burkman, 54, and Wohl, 22, were each charged with one of intimidating voters which is a five-year felony; according to the state attorney general's website. They were also charged with one count of using a computer to commit the crime of election law – intimidating voters, which is a seven-year felony; and finally, using a computer to commit the crime of conspiracy, a seven-year felony. The charges were filed in the 36th District Court in Detroit and the arraignment is currently pending. SEN. RICK SCOT INTRODUCES BILL REQUIRING MAIL-IN BALLOTS BE COUNTED WITHIN 24 HOURS OF ELECTION DAY Video"It’s too early to say if formal extradition will be necessary or if they will present themselves here voluntarily in the very near future," the AG's statement read. Nessel, a Democrat,...
    Washington (CNN)Two notorious right-wing political operatives were charged Thursday for allegedly running a voter suppression operation targeting voters in Michigan, according to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.The operatives, Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman, are accused of orchestrating a series of robocalls aimed at deterring Detroit residents from voting by mail. They are each charged with one count of intimidating voters, one count of conspiracy to commit an election law violation, one count of using a computer to commit the crime of intimidating voters and using a computer to commit the crime of conspiracy. The first two charges each carry a maximum of five years in prison and the latter two charges carry a maximum of seven years in prison."Any effort to interfere with, intimidate or intentionally mislead Michigan voters will be met with swift and severe consequences," Nessel, a Democrat, said in a news release. "This effort specifically targeted minority...
    Two right-wing figures known for perpetuating conspiracy theories are facing charges in Michigan for their latest reported robocall scheme intended to suppress voter turnout. On Thursday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel filed multiple charges against Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman, hoaxers who attempted to manufacture sexual assault claims against former special counsel Robert Mueller, former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, and leading infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci. Thursday's election law charges are related to alleged robocalls to suppress voter turnout. Nessel said the charges include "one count of election law – intimidating voters, a five-year felony; one count of conspiracy to commit an election law violation, a five-year felony; one count of using a computer to commit the crime of election law – intimidating voters, a seven-year felony; and using a computer to commit the crime of conspiracy, a seven-year felony." Calls were made in August to...
    Attorney General Bill Barr will be honored for his “Christlike behavior” at Wednesday’s National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, according to Roman Catholic Sister, author, and anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean. The National Catholic Prayer Breakfast will present an award to Attorney General Barr for “Christlike behavior” tomorrow morning. A.G. Barr has ordered the executions of six men with at least one more on the calendar. What is “Christlike” about using discretionary power to kill? — Sister Helen Prejean (@helenprejean) September 23, 2020 The federal government executed William LeCroy tonight and plans to execute Christopher Vialva on Thursday. Tomorrow, the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast will present an award to the Attorney General and the President will speak to the group. This is a grave scandal. — Sister Helen Prejean (@helenprejean) September 23, 2020 The National Catholic Prayer Breakfast says Barr will be presented with its Christifideles Laici Award during...
    EDMONTON, Alberta (CBSNewYork/AP) — Jordan Eberle scored on a two-on-one break 12:30 into the second overtime and the New York Islanders avoided elimination with a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final on Tuesday night. Semyon Varlamov stopped 36 shots and Ryan Pulock also scored for the Islanders, who cut the Lightning series lead to 3-2. Game 6 is on Thursday night. Victor Hedman scored for the Lightning, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 22 shots. ???? THE CAPTAIN TO EBERLE ???? pic.twitter.com/36uHmUQLrc — New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) September 16, 2020 The decisive goal came after the Lightning won a faceoff in the Islanders’ zone. The puck was drawn back to defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who fanned on a shot at the right point. Islanders captain Anders Lee raced up the wing to chase down a loose puck. Gaining the Lightning zone, he fed...
    A top spokesman for the Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services broadcast a disturbing and conspiratorial video on Facebook this Sunday, undermining his official role as a government communicator and stoking fears of imminent violence. Michael Caputo was a longtime Trump loyalist who was brought into the administration in April in a clear attempt to wrest control over messaging about the coronavirus. President Donald Trump has consistently twisted the truth to fit his own preferred narrative and contradicted the experts who work for the federal government. Multiple reports last week revealed that Caputo had been at work doing exactly what critics had assumed: corrupting the scientific agencies meant to communicate clearly about public health, pressuring them to change messaging to fit the president’s rhetoric. In the Facebook video, as reported by the New York Times and Axios, Caputo described the negative reaction he had received due to the...
    HUNDREDS spent Labor Day in Oregon fighting as Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters clashed during a pro-Trump caravan headed for the state's capital. Trump supporters and QAnon believers gathered in Oregon City Monday to join in a pro-Trump vehicle rally barely a week after right-wing demonstrator was fatally shot during a previous Trump caravan passing through Portland. 4Police arrest a right-wing demonstrator in Salem, Oregon during a pro-Trump caravan that started in Oregon CityCredit: Reuters 4Police detain a right-wing demonstrator that came to Salem during a pro-Trump caravan that started in Oregon CityCredit: Getty Images - Getty The vehicle rally met at noon at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, about half an hour south of Portland. Trucks, largely decked out in camo, arrived at the rally, where people waved flags in support of the president, police and the QAnon conspiracy group. After spending some time at the...
    HUNDREDS spent Labor Day in Oregon fighting as Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters clashed during a pro-Trump caravan headed for the state's capital. Trump supporters and QAnon believers gathered in Oregon City Monday to join in a pro-Trump vehicle rally barely a week after a far-right group member was fatally shot during a previous Trump caravan passing through Portland. 4Police arrest a right-wing demonstrator in Salem, Oregon during a pro-Trump caravan that started in Oregon CityCredit: Reuters 4Police detain a right-wing demonstrator that came to Salem during a pro-Trump caravan that started in Oregon CityCredit: Getty Images - Getty The vehicle rally met at noon at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, about half an hour south of Portland. Trucks, largely decked out in camo, arrived at the rally, where people waved flags in support of the president, police and the QAnon conspiracy group. After spending some time...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — AP source: Man suspected of fatally shooting right-wing supporter in Oregon killed during scuffle with law enforcement. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    supporters and members of Patriot Prayer and Peoples Rights Washington rally against the Washington state mask mandate on June 26, 2020 in Vancouver, Washington. Karen Ducey/Getty Images Patriot Prayer is a small group of alt-right activists with a membership that overlaps with the Proud Boys, according to the Anti-Defamation League.  The group shows up in progressive West coast cities to protest movements calling for social justice or anti-racism. The Sunday killing of activist Aaron Danielson, a reporter supporter of Patriot Prayer, isn't the first time the group has been associated with violence, but it is the only known fatal shooting at one of their events. Vegas Tenold, an investigative researcher for the ADL's Center on Extremism, fears that Danielson's killing will spark more bloodshed. "This was just a matter of time," he told Insider. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Patriot Prayer, a small group of conservative...
    At 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, a bomb ripped through the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. A third of the building was destroyed. One-hundred-and-sixty-eight people lost their lives, including 19 children at the facility’s daycare. Images of tiny bodies being pulled from the rubble are seared into the national memory. Hide The nation’s horror magnified when the suspect’s identity was revealed days later. The deadliest terrorist attack on American soil until September 11 was perpetuated by a U.S. citizen, a decorated Army war veteran from a white, blue-collar family who’d become a militant far-right extremist, distrustful of government, taking out his wrath on our nation’s civil servants. Hide The bomber’s identity shouldn’t have come as a surprise. Militant far-right extremists have a well-documented propensity for violence. Today, the right-wing extremist du jour is the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory. QAnon has become a sort of dark...
    Reuters August 16, 2020 0 Comments Right wing demonstrators fought with leftist counter protestors in Georgia, Michigan and Oregon on Saturday drawing in riot police and SWAT teams. Groups ranging from an anti-government patriot group in Portland, Oregon to alt-right Proud Boys in Kalamazoo, Michigan battled anti-fascists and Black Lives Matter activists as months of anti-racism protests increasingly pitted Americans against one another. Several dozen demonstrators, many armed and carrying Confederate battle flags, staged a rally in the Atlanta suburb of Stone Mountain next to a park famed for its giant monument to leaders of the breakaway slave-holding states. A mix of militia members, Confederate followers and supporters of President Donald Trump faced off against more than a hundred left-wing protesters, some armed, many carrying signs or wearing T-shirts supporting Black Lives Matter. After hours of shouting, and the burning of a Confederate flag, the protest devolved into scuffles...
    A park in the southern U.S. state of Georgia is not opening Saturday because of a planned right-wing rally. Pro-Confederate, white supremacists and other right-wing groups had called for the rally, following a peaceful demonstration by a Black militia at the park last month. Stone Moutain Park, in suburban Atlanta, feared a violent confrontation between the two groups, after the Black militia group called for a counter-demonstration.  The Black militia, however, canceled its demonstration plans earlier this week, according to the Associated Press.  It was not immediately clear if the right-wing groups will still show up at the park Saturday.  Stone Mountain Park, in suburban Atlanta, is home to a giant sculpture of Confederate leaders.  The U.S. is undergoing a reckoning with its shrines to the Confederacy.  While some people see the Confederacy as a chivalrous defenders of states’ rights, others see the Confederacy as responsible for the enslavement and...
    The U.S. Supreme Court has been in the headlines a lot this summer, ruling on matters inclduing LGBTQ rights in the workplace and a Louisiana law restricting abortion. But journalist Steve Vladeck, in an article published in Slate this week, emphasizes that the High Court doesn’t spend all of its time on famous cases. The justices, Vladeck points out, also have what University of Chicago law professor Will Baude has described as “the shadow docket” — which is “quietly shaping the rules of the upcoming elections, how governments can and can’t respond to COVID, the resumption of the federal death penalty, and more.” The high-profile cases that make the headlines, Vladeck observes, typically appear on the Supreme Court’s “merits docket.” Explaining how the “merits docket” and “shadow docket” work, Vladeck explains, “The Court’s ‘merits docket’ includes cases in which the justices first decide to grant review, take full briefing —...
    Donald Trump Jr. is reportedly a fan of pushing anti-transgender issues to help Trump's reelection bid. Right-wing activist Terry Schilling thinks he's a clever guy with a fresh idea. But Schilling, who runs the conservative "think" tank American Principles Project (APP), is about to prove that he's nothing more than a two-bit anti-trans tactician who's trying to rehash a hackneyed GOP strategy from over a decade ago. Schilling thinks he can revive Donald Trump's reelection bid by sprinkling a bunch of transphobic hate-dust over the heads of the very suburban voters who are currently fleeing the Republican party due to Trump's grievance-driven politics. But a quick review of the last four years of GOP fails on anti-trans campaigns proves Schilling's an idiot, not to mention despicable. In fact, Schilling's strategy began with a failure. He tried to help Trump firebrand and Kentucky governor Matt Bevin win reelection by stressing his Democratic...
    CNN host Brian Stelter was pummeled with the truth on Monday after blaming "right-wing media" for spreading claims about Joe Biden that his own network, along with the mainstream media and Democrats, are responsible for generating. What's the background? Democratic strategists are warning Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, against debating President Donald Trump ahead of the 2020 election. Biden's strategy of remaining out of the spotlight while the coronavirus panic plays out in the national media has been successful, at least in the short term. Biden's reclusive campaign has allowed the media to focus on Trump, not the former vice president's gaffe-prone behavior. On Monday, the New York Times published an essay arguing for the debates to be scrapped altogether. The op-ed was criticized as yet another ploy by the mainstream media, and its supporters, to help Biden to not have to debate the...
    A nonprofit public watchdog filed a complaint Thursday with the Internal Revenue Service, the state of Wisconsin and the California attorney general’s office accusing the conservative activist group American Majority (AM) of violating the federal tax code and various state laws. The complaint, filed by the nonpartisan Campaign for Accountability (CfA) and exclusively obtained by Salon, accuses the nonprofit and its related dark-money advocacy arm, American Majority Action Inc. (AMA), of unlawfully putting more than half its expenses toward political activity and concealing donor information from regulators. Additionally, the watchdog alleges that the groups’ founder and CEO, Ned Ryun, has engaged for years in inappropriate self-dealing through a complex web of transactions. “Ned Ryun claims that American Majority and American Majority Action are nonprofits working for the public interest. A close reading of their tax returns suggests, however, that these groups may be violating tax law and improperly funneling money to Mr. Ryun,” Daniel E. Stevens, CfA executive director, told Salon in...
    Roger Sollenberger July 31, 2020 10:00AM (UTC) A nonprofit public watchdog filed a complaint Thursday with the Internal Revenue Service, the state of Wisconsin and the California attorney general's office accusing the conservative activist group American Majority (AM) of violating the federal tax code and various state laws. The complaint, filed by the nonpartisan Campaign for Accountability (CfA) and exclusively obtained by Salon, accuses the nonprofit and its related dark-money advocacy arm, American Majority Action Inc. (AMA), of unlawfully putting more than half its expenses toward political activity and concealing donor information from regulators. : Additionally, the watchdog alleges that the groups' founder and CEO, Ned Ryun, has engaged for years in inappropriate self-dealing through a complex web of transactions. "Ned Ryun claims that American Majority and American Majority Action are nonprofits working for the public interest. A close reading of their tax returns suggests, however, that these groups may be violating tax law and improperly funneling money to Mr. Ryun,"...
    An ABC News story on the killing of a rookie police officer during an attack by a Black Lives Matter supporter linked an increase in police officers killed in 2020 to “right-wing extremists with anti-police views.” “The police killings have occurred amid a surge in gun violence this year following the spring peak of the coronavirus pandemic and right-wing extremists with anti-police views have also stepped up activities and some say maybe looking to deepen the civil unrest the country is experiencing,” an article posted Wednesday said. The headline on the story reads, “Police officers killed surge 28% this year and some point to civil unrest and those looking to exploit it,” linking right-wing politics with the 28% surge in police killings and citing just one example of an attack by an alleged fringe right-wing activist. Nowhere in the article is violence tied specifically to the Black Lives Matter...
    Last week the Washington Post published a report titled “Fauci is sidelined by the White House as he steps up blunt talk on pandemic,” which revealed that President Trump had not sought the counsel of the government’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, in more than a month. But as the Trump administration has strayed from the advice of many of its scientists and public health experts, the White House has moved to sideline Fauci, scuttled some of his planned TV appearances and largely kept him out of the Oval Office for more than a month even as coronavirus infections surge in large swaths of the country. The 2,500-word report only briefly touches on the official who does that scuttling: a man named Michael Caputo, a 2016 Trump campaign aide who has been described as a conspiracy theorist with racist views and is closely allied with former Trump adviser Roger Stone. It’s not clear when...
    BERLIN (Reuters) - The German military has found a list of the private addresses of senior politicians in the possession of a reservist suspected of right-wing radicalism, Spiegel magazine reported on Monday, citing security sources. It said the sergeant in the reserve forces had been arrested on Friday during a training session. The names and contact details of 17 prominent politicians were found on his computer and had been shared in a group chat used by right-wing extremists. It gave no further details of the politicians on the list and said it was unclear if members of the chat had planned to harm or intimidate them. A spokeswoman for the military's counterintelligence service declined to comment. Germany is trying to stem a rise in violent far-right ideology. In February, a 43-year-old racist shot dead nine people with immigrant backgrounds in the town of Hanau before killing his mother and himself....
    English actor, Sacha Baron Cohen pulled off a new stunt. On Saturday (June 27), the multi-talented comedian made his way to a conservative rally in the US state of Washington which was organised by a group called Washington Three Percent. Well, that’s not it, as Cohen stood up on the stage dressed as a pot-bellied singer and got the attendees to sing along some disrupting racist lyrics about Barak Obama, Hillary Clinton and Dr. Anthony Fauci. The rally was titled as ‘March for Our Rights 3‘. Sacha Baron Cohen Takes a Dig at Facebook Creator Mark Zuckerberg for Spreading ‘Nazi Propaganda’ With a Powerful Statement at Golden Globes 2020 (Watch Video).  In disguise, Baron Cohen was spotted performing with a band and made the crowd repeat what he sang. A part of his song highlighted about injecting Obama, Clinton and Fauci with the ‘Wuhan flu’ and chopping up members of the World Health...
    Sacha Baron Cohen gatecrashed a right-wing occasion in Washington whereas posing as a racist nation singer — the place he inspired the group to chant alongside to lyrics about liberals getting “chopped up” or “injected with the Wuhan flu,” viral footage exhibits. Dressed as a pot-bellied singer in denim dungarees and a cowboy hat, the “Borat” comic tricked organizers of Saturday’s occasion by the “Three Percenters” militia group by producing a last-minute big-money donation, in accordance with studies and organizers.  The skilled prankster then took to the stage in Olympia, getting some the viewers to chant together with excessive lyrics — with organizers saying a group of armed safety guards stopped them from pulling the plug. Footage exhibits Cohen singing about former President Barack Obama, coronavirus skilled Physician Anthony Fauci, CNN and “masks wearers” getting injected with the “Wuhan flu.” He additionally wished the identical for “sushi eaters” —...
    Sacha Baron Cohen gatecrashed a right-wing event in Washington while posing as a racist country singer — where he encouraged the crowd to chant along to lyrics about liberals getting “chopped up” or “injected with the Wuhan flu,” viral footage shows. Dressed as a pot-bellied singer in denim dungarees and a cowboy hat, the “Borat” comedian tricked organizers of Saturday’s event by the “Three Percenters” militia group by producing a last-minute big-money donation, according to reports and organizers.  The professional prankster then took to the stage in Olympia, getting some the audience to chant along with extreme lyrics — with organizers saying a team of armed security guards stopped them from pulling the plug. Footage shows Cohen singing about former President Barack Obama, coronavirus expert Doctor Anthony Fauci, CNN and “mask wearers” getting injected with the “Wuhan flu.” He also wished the same for “sushi eaters” — and worse...
    It may be his greatest prank since Borat sang “Throw the Jew Down the Well” in an Arizona country and western bar more than 15 years ago.  On Saturday, comedian Sacha Baron Cohen apparently infiltrated the “March for Our Rights 3” rally in downtown Olympia, Washington, getting at least some of the right-wing militia attendees to sing racist lyrics along with him about Barack Obama, Dr. Fauci, and the “Wuhan flu.”  According to event organizers, Baron Cohen first disguised himself as the leader of a PAC that wanted to sponsor the rally and then hired his own security to block them from getting him off the stage or cutting off the power once he had started performing.   “He came on stage disguised as the lead singer of the last band, singing a bunch of racist, hateful, disgusting shit,” Yelm City Councilman James Blair wrote on Facebook after the event. “His...
    James Fields' attack on the crowd in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017 signaled the use of vehicles as a weapon against leftist protesters by members of the radical right. Ever since James Fields drove his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12, 2017, maiming dozens and killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, it’s been clear that far-right extremists have come to view their vehicles as weapons—particularly in the context of protests involving their left-wing political opponents. This has become acutely the case in the context of anti-police-brutality protests around the nation following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May. As Hannah Allam recently reported for NPR, researcher Ari Weil—who has been tracking these attacks since 2017—has found some 50 ramming events have occurred since the protests first erupted, at least 18 of them definitively malicious in nature. These “vehicle ramming attacks” in recent weeks have...
    NPR was forced to add an editor’s note Sunday after bungling an article detailing attacks by “right-wing extremists” against protesters. The publication reported that there have been “at least 50 vehicle-ramming incidents since protests against police violence erupted nationwide in late May.” The article continued on to include quotes from experts about “right-wing extremists” using vehicles as weapons, and NPR added a photograph showing a protester being hit with a car. NPR’s choice of photo, however, appeared to be one of the incidents that was not carried out by a right-wing extremist. The publication added an editor’s note, updated the photo and included a second tweet explaining the bungle. NPR’s tweet pointed out that the original picture “does not appear to be an example of the assaults described in the story, and has been replaced.” Note: A previous version of this post and story included a photo of a protester being...
    A Seattle city council member who encouraged protesters to form up the “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” (CHOP), formerly the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” (CHAZ), and gave demonstrators her key to city hall so that they could “occupy” that building as well, now claims a CHOP shooting that left one protester dead and one in critical condition could be a “right-wing attack.” In a statement released late Saturday, Kshama Sawant expresses her condolences to the CHOP community and doubles down on demands to “defund the police,” even though violence inside the “cop-free” CHOP has increased markedly over the past week according to long-term residents, who now say they no longer feel safe with the ongoing protest. “Our deepest condolences go out to the loved ones of the black protester who was tragically killed this morning by gunfire at the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP),” Sawant said. “Socialist Alternative and I stand...
    No wonder Meghan Markle wanted out of Canada. According to a report released Friday, Canadians are among the “most active” in the world when it comes to right-wing extremism online. The report, titled “An Online Environmental Scan of Right-wing Extremism in Canada”, was published by the UK-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) think-tank, and “found more than 6,600 online channels pages, accounts and groups — where Canadians were involved in spreading white supremacist, misogynistic or other radical views” according to the CBC. Shockingly, Canadians were found to be “highly active,” on offensive forums like 4Chan, even more than Americans or the British. The report shows how extremism is moving toward “less regulated” platforms, experts told the CBC. “For us to be up there with the heavy hitters … it’s a wake-up call,” said Barbara Perry, director of Ontario Tech University’s Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism. see also White supremacists and...
    Former Air Force Sgt. Steven Carrillo and his alleged accomplice, Robert A. Justus, were recently charged in the shooting death of a Black federal security officer, David Patrick Underwood, on May 29 in Oakland, California. The men were apprehended when sheriff’s deputies searched their van on June 6 and found ammunition, firearms, bomb-making equipment, and a ballistic vest adorned with a patch. RELATED: Michigan security guard fatally shot after telling customer to wear face mask The patch featured the image of an igloo and Hawaiian-style, print which has come to be widely associated with a growing, far-right movement aimed at starting a new civil war in the United States. Officials say that Carrillo is a follower of the “boogaloo” movement, formed by white militiamen who feel that they are the targets of government tyranny. The federal government has charged the two men with murder, and they are also facing state...
    Under cover of the coronavirus chaos and amid our national uprising, Republicans have quietly uprooted some of their most controversial right-wing members of Congress — only to replace them with even more radical contenders for federal office, including devotees of the nonsensical QAnon conspiracy theory, ahead of this fall’s election. More than 10 years after the Tea Party movement gave rise to the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus by targeting longtime incumbent Republicans who were deemed insufficiently right-wing, a recent set of wins by insurgent candidates over some of the most radical Republicans in Congress makes clear that the GOP has now passed every off-ramp on the road to extremism. While the mass Republican retirements ahead of the 2018 midterm elections greatly weakened the GOP, this cycle’s purging of incumbents in safe red districts, will likely serve to further radicalize the GOP caucus. On Saturday, in a novel case of voter suppression, a...
    (CNN)Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State's star running back, called out the team's head coach on Monday for wearing a T-shirt branded with the logo of right-wing news outlet One America News network (OAN)."I will not stand for this," Hubbard tweeted on Monday, linking to a photo of Coach Mike Gundy wearing a OAN shirt. "This is completely insensitive to everything going on in society, and it's unacceptable. I will not be doing anything with Oklahoma State until things CHANGE."OAN has been regularly promoted by President Donald Trump on his Twitter feed because of how the channel frames him in a flattering light. The network offers viewers right-wing conspiracy theories and pro-Trump commentary mixed in with wire video news packages that are sometimes skewed to fit its editorial viewpoint.I will not stand for this.. This is completely insensitive to everything going on in society, and it's unacceptable. I will not be doing...
    We’re now more than a week into the White House’s attempts to rationalize Donald Trump’s choice to tear gas peaceful protesters in order to clear the way for a photo op, and the excuses aren’t getting any better. Officials can’t even decide on one lie to tell, ping-ponging between denying the violence against protesters was that serious — the event was extensively documented — to claiming it was justified. The latest excuse from Attorney General Bill Barr, who previously tried to deny he ordered the action, somehow falls into both camps. “[T]he President of the United States should be able to walk one block from the White House out to the church of presidents,” Barr told Bret Baier on Fox News Monday night in an attempt to paint the use of painful force against peaceful protesters as simply necessary. Even as he did this, Barr talked out of both sides of his mouth, claiming that it’s “totally false” to say that the tear-gassing was done in order to...
    Earlier this year, a Facebook post spread like wildfire through the Texas film community. It was the account of a young actress, alleging that Adam Donaghey, a rising producer in the region, had raped her when she was 16. Donaghey, who has denied the allegation, was subsequently arrested in late April on suspicion of sexual assault of a minor, and is currently free on bail. The Dallas Police Department would not provide any further information.  Donaghey, 39, was a ubiquitous presence in the emerging Dallas movie scene. A rich childhood friend of the director David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon), he had gained entrée into this world by producing Lowery’s 2009 feature directorial debut, St. Nick. “When Adam was introduced to the scene, he was vouched for by Lowery. A lot of credit was given to him just based on that, and a lot of people really accepted him based on...
    New York (CNN Business)President Donald Trump has angrily complained this week about social media companies, repeatedly accusing them of censoring conservative voices and going as far as to sign an executive order Thursday seeking to limit their power. But data from Facebook, the world's largest social media company, pours cold water on the assertion that conservative voices are being silenced.In fact, according to CrowdTangle, a data-analytics firm owned by Facebook, content from conservative news organizations dominates Facebook and often outperforms content from straightforward news organizations. Additionally, over the last month on Facebook, Trump has captured 91% of the total interactions on content posted by the US presidential candidates, according to CrowdTangle. Biden has captured only 9%.CrowdTangle computes interactions by totaling the number of likes, comments, and shares a post receives. Read MoreOver the last month, the top performing news organization in the US was Fox News, a conservative network which largely echoes the...
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