Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Militias and Right Wing "patriot" groups are now providing security for certain pro-Trump politicians. Oh, I have a bad feeling.

Courtesy of The Trace:  

Energized by Donald Trump’s coarsely confrontational nationalism, the armed right-wing fringe is doing more than stepping out of the shadows in 2017. Detachments of armed men in fatigues have become fixtures at liberal protests, forming the vanguard of what’s become known in some quarters as the “counter-resistance.” 

Now, in a smattering of states with histories of right-wing extremism, chapters of groups like the Oath Keepers and Three Percenters may be emerging as even more direct political players, providing security for local pro-Trump politicians and Republican organizations. In one case, a Three Percenter was found to be employed on a state lawmaker’s staff. 

When self-designated patriot groups first emerged during the early ‘90s, they identified as enemies of the “New World Order” heralded by George H.W. Bush, and tended to oppose the government, regardless of which party was in power. But experts say that the recent activity of some militia members could be evidence of a greater shift in political allegiances.

“You can’t be anti-government if your guy has the top job,” said Mark Pitcavage, who researches far-right extremism for the Anti-Defamation League. 

With right-wing extremists who venerate the president looking for new enemies, some state and local politicians who are remaking partisanship in Trump’s image may see militias as a way to tighten their grip on power. The brash political style and “America First” agenda ushered into the Republican Party by Trump appeals to people in the militia movement, drawing them toward the political mainstream, said Amy Cooter, a sociologist at Vanderbilt University. Just as important, Cooter said, groups like the Three Percenters are eager for confrontation with anti-Trump liberals, who are themselves taking to the streets. “On the local level, some Republicans appear to be tapping into that agenda.”

Yep, having armed Right Wing extremists managing crowds during political events and responding to protesters. Nothing about that seems like a disaster waiting to happen.

Some of you might remember that I wrote about this early last month.

However at the time it seemed to be happening only in Oregon.

Apparently in the era of Trump bad ideas spread like herpes. 


  1. Anonymous6:23 AM

    The FBI has raided Paul Manafort's home in VA. Shit is about to get real.

    1. Anonymous7:36 AM

      Coincidence? Trump and Scaramucci kicked off a bonkers news cycle in the hours after Manafort raid

    2. Anonymous8:28 AM

      "the National Enquirer published an article allegedly exposing Manafort being involved in a “sick $EX scandal” that involved affairs with women who were significantly younger than his wife."
      john Barron miller

    3. Anonymous10:31 AM

      I think Trump's Modeling Agency
      (?name?) is being investigated and soon to have depositions. Sex stuff. Who knows what all the prosecutors have? Remember how Trump was so upset about pee pee tapes. This is something he wants a ton of distractions from. Plus he does the blame someone else, everyone else. No doubt his friends, investors, will do anything to help him distract, cover up and lie.

      They have to cover up anything about Melania being an escort and all that, imigration, her hidden life.

  2. Anonymous6:30 AM

    It is about time that Track Palin got a job. This is an opportunity for him to do something he loves and earn money to support his house and family.
    Dakota Meyer helps vets get jobs but he left his brother in law high and dry. Ok, may be not so dry, but he left.

    1. Anonymous8:41 AM

      What the heck does this mean?

      "I'm not going to lie. I couldn't be more excited to be sharing this new adventure with everyone soon!!! #ownthedash #ownit #purpose #changetheworld #changetheworldwithme" July 26.

      If he is excited to share why is he lagging? Why can't he say what he means by 'soon'.

      I hope he can be clear about what the hey
      #ownthedash is about?

      He has been a big tease before and I think that is a f*cked way to treat the vets and public. So many vets have that starry eyed unreal hero worship with him and it is too easy for a figure like Dakota Meyer to take advantage of vets. While he pretends to be working for them.

      The world is moving on, the USA has a new Medal of Honor recipient...

      Shit or get off the pot Meyer.

    2. Anonymous9:31 AM

      Bristol's MOH husband (or not) should have paid attention to President Obama's wise advice when he received his medal: get an education. Grifting is not a good way to get ahead in the world.

    3. Anonymous8:34 PM

      Track Palin.
      $arah Palin.
      Tawd Palin.
      Bristol Palin.
      Willow Palin.
      Piper Palin.
      Dakota Meyer Palin.

      Who gives a shit except you, 6:30 AM?
      They're nothing.
      Absolutely NOTHING.

  3. Anonymous6:37 AM

    Donny is herpes. Dirty, disgusting and painful and almost impossible to eradicate. He infects every one within his reach and together they foul our health and well-being.

  4. Anonymous6:46 AM

    off topic:

  5. Anonymous7:23 AM

    Trump Evangelical Adviser: God Is Totally Cool With Nuking North Korea

    “God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un.”

    1. Anonymous8:19 AM

      CNN Unveils Harrowing Nuclear Bomb Animation Explaining North Korean Threat

      It seems CNN is ALL IN with the North Korean nuclear bomb threat, and demonstrated as much with a nifty new animation that elegantly demonstrates just how much of the United States WILL DIE, presuming there is any truth to the escalating rhetoric from Pyongyang.

    2. Anonymous8:24 AM

      RoMan$ 13
      "That selection warns that governing authorities are “established by God” and are “agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.”“that gives the government the authority to do whatever,"<WTF?

    3. Anonymous8:25 AM

      A terrifying axis of idiocy: Kim Jong-un baits Trump, who falls for it

      North Korea's erratic ruler trolls our clownish president into threatening nuclear war —the world holds its breath

    4. Anonymous8:32 AM

      Going full ‘Madman,’ Trump brags about his nuclear arsenal

    5. Anonymous9:16 AM

      @8:32:" July 18 that "my expectation is it will take several more months to complete the Nuclear Posture Review, and the Ballistic Missile Defense Review will follow it, because the second review is actually informed by many of the strategic choices that will be made in the Nuclear Posture Review."

  6. Anonymous7:24 AM

    FBI Raids Former Trump Campaign Manager’s Office And Seizes Docs And Records Related To Russia

    “FBI agents raided the Alexandria home of President Trump’s former campaign chairman late last month, using a search warrant to seize documents and other materials, according to people familiar with the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Federal agents appeared at Paul Manafort’s home without advance warning in the predawn hours of July 26, the day after he met voluntarily with the staff for the Senate Intelligence Committee. The search warrant was wide-ranging and FBI agents working with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III departed the home with various records.”

    1. Anonymous8:28 AM

      Federal agents appeared at Paul Manafort’s home without advance warning in the predawn hours of July 26, the day after he met voluntarily with the staff for the Senate Intelligence Committee. The search warrant was wide-ranging and FBI agents working with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III departed the home with various records.

      Why are we only hearing about this August 9? How long has Trump known, I would think since July 26.

      Donald being Donald, he must be stewing and plotting to get even. He possibly knew the date the news would be released to the public. He prepared something for August 8.

      The surprise component would work for Trump as it does for the FBI.

    2. Anonymous5:05 PM

      Doughboy was yapping about something on July 26. Yawn.

  7. Anonymous7:27 AM

    Dictator-Themed Restaurant In Tunisia Features Portrait Of Melania Trump

    She’s depicted alongside Stalin.

  8. Anonymous7:31 AM

    When Trump made his threats against North Korea today, he appeared to be reading a prepared statement. Moreover he paraphrased a quote from Harry Truman that’s not widely in the modern popular vernacular. There is no chance that Trump was familiar with the Truman quote of his own accord, and based on his inherent laziness, no chance that he did his own research by looking it up.

    Someone on his staff wrote these words for Trump, and made a point of making it as reckless as possible.

    The question is who.

    1. Anonymous8:16 AM

      He may have been in phone calls with Bannon and working with an administration official that we see at the 8/8 meeting. Ivanka was conviently missing, she is a close adviser and someone he would trust to work with on his threat strategy. She may not want her face involved with what went down that day. So far she has had a great deal of protection from the Russia and criminal investigations.

      We can eliminate the former military people on his staff. Except for Bannon.

    2. Anonymous8:18 AM

      Steve Bannon. They say he's itching to stir things up.

    3. Anonymous9:08 AM

      Ivanka has a baby sitter for the kids and hubby is working. She can meet up with her friends in the city, the Hamptons, a yatch or where they decide to party. You know she misses her socialite life. Dasha Zhukova is on the prowl since divorce, Wendi Deng Murdoch is always ready to advise,,,


    4. My money is on Bannon.

  9. Anonymous7:39 AM

    How an anti-trans, anti-immigrant troll built a pro-Trump Twitter army by duping ‘moron’ baby boomers

    1. Anonymous8:12 AM

      "MICROCHIP “group message” feature — which Twitter rolled out in January of 2015 — has enabled President Donald Trump’s small but vocal group of supporters to synchronize their message and strategically amplify the White House’s talking points on any given day."Microchip has been repeatedly banned from Twitter and from many of the rooms he helped promulgate for his “wild claims” and anti-Semitic remarks, but since November 2015, he has been remarkably successful at getting Trump supporters to retweet his content.

      “Conservatives are generally morons,” “It’s like herding cats.”
      “You know how I know they’re spreading lies? Because I do the same thing, it’s fake news and spin.”

      “Other political leaders fear his ability to shape the news cycle and flog his critics before millions of voters who may not receive news from any other source,” It’s difficult, Lotan explained, to determine the overall size and reach of these private “rooms” — and users like it that way."
      "Trump Train” and “Patriots United,” many of the groups are invitation-only and include a wide range of slogan-chanting, Make America Great Again hat-wearing Trump supporters, from midwestern housewives to Florida businessmen.

      “When he Salutes you…He means it. I never seen a President as Patriotic as Donald J. Trump! We Love him! I stand with my President!” wrote user “Debbie” in one tweet that fellow group members retweeted thousands of times after it was posted in a group called “Trumps WarRoom.”

    2. Anonymous8:20 AM

      @8:12 add in>

      donE 'deal'

  10. Anonymous8:09 AM

    I know this is the New York Times, sorry Trump but they are still working.

    Trump’s ‘Fire and Fury’ Threat Raises Alarm in Asia

    What are the chances that Trump had a heads up and he knew the FBI was going to raid Manafort?

    He would certainly not want people to pay attention to any of Muellar's work.

    The drug meeting at the Golf Club is not much of a distraction. Nuclear warfare is an attention grabber. Just sayin'....

  11. Crystal Sage8:09 AM

    All fit and ready to protect the white supremacists. NOT. These guys look like contestants from "My 600 lb. Life."

  12. Anonymous8:10 AM

    Any politician who uses these militias should be dropped from office. Our best defense is to VOTE. Register every available voter and get them to the polling booth. Organize registration seminars, help people get the right I.D. and get them ready. Then, make sure the democratic party has done their work in vetting the voting machines, so they are legitimate.

  13. Anonymous8:22 AM

    Looks like a motorcycle gang from a Billy Jack movie from the seventies.
    And yes, as one of the commenters said, my 600 lbs life.
    Whoever they are protecting is in some serious trouble if they get attacked.
    Those big clumsy looking fools with guns don't look like those I'd want for protection. More like, I'd need protection from them. Scary and moronic at the same time.

  14. Anonymous8:35 AM

    bitch mcCONnell:

    "If the American people want a functioning government again, they are going to have to elect Democrats, because Republicans are locked in a civil war of complete $elf-destruction." aka $-elf Gratification @a Circle jerker$ party.

  15. Anonymous8:37 AM

    I wonder if the Bern it all down" crowd is happy yet?

  16. Anonymous8:47 AM

  17. Anonymous8:47 AM

    The Kremlin-White House Lie Machine Spins Out of Control

    ...This is but one example of how the Kremlin and Team Trump collude to spread lies to the public—albeit a deeply troubling one, given its maligning of a murdered young American who cannot speak in his own defense. Such operations are ongoing and have become a staple of daily Trump administration operations.

  18. Anonymous8:52 AM

    ‘Predawn raid’: 2 words that just added huge intrigue to the Russia investigation

  19. Anonymous9:13 AM

    RISE! NOW:


  20. Anonymous9:26 AM

    If the two guys in the photo are an accurate sampling of the Trump posses then liberals have nothing to fear. Just throw them some beer and potato chips. That will calm them down.

    1. More like fried pork rinds.

      Make sure the beer is in cans so they can crush the empty cans on their heads.

  21. Anonymous10:24 AM

    Hiding in the bunkers did not do these guys well. What are they protecting? from what and who? and why? I thought this group did not like politicians?

  22. Anonymous10:35 AM

    Sounds like a perfect gig for the manly men of the Palin clan, Todd ( if he's not busy carrying a purse), Track (if he's not in jail for beating on a pregnant woman), and Duhkota cuz ... welll ... what the he'll does he do, to do!!!

  23. Anonymous10:43 AM

    Is this the 400lb hacker In bed that trump was talking about?

  24. Anonymous11:24 AM

    Omg! People get arrested for inciting bad things my god, that girl will be in prison for that suicide! And the disgusting turd cheeto is not yet in prison!!!

    Once he is about to them they will say he is detanged so he wont be in prison while they will not confirm right now he is mentally unfit deranged.

  25. Anonymous2:39 PM

    How would you like to be in a underground bunker with these guys eating a good ol bowl of survival beans?

  26. Photo Caption
    ", I'm not pregnant. "


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