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  • A Pro-Trump Militant Group Has Recruited Thousands of Police, Soldiers, and Veterans

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine...campaign=share

    Rhodes had been talking about civil war since he founded the Oath Keepers, in 2009. But now more people were listening. And whereas Rhodes had once cast himself as a revolutionary in waiting, he now saw his role as defending the president. He had put out a call for his followers to protect the country against what he was calling an “insurrection.” The unrest, he told me, was the latest attempt to undermine Donald Trump.

    Rhodes was a little-known libertarian blogger when he launched the Oath Keepers in early 2009. It was a moment of anxiety on the American right: As the Great Recession raged, protesters met the new president with accusations of socialism and tyranny. “The greatest threats to our liberty do not come from without,” Rhodes wrote online, “but from within.” Republicans had spent eight years amassing power in an executive branch now occupied by Barack Obama. The time for politics was ending. “Our would-be slave masters are greatly underestimating the resolve and military capability of the people,” Rhodes wrote.

    Rhodes had joined the military just out of high school, hoping to become a Green Beret, but his career was cut short when he fractured his spine during a parachute training jump. After his discharge, he worked as a firearms instructor and parked cars as a valet. In 1993, he dropped a loaded handgun and it shot him in the face, blinding him in his left eye. The brush with death inspired him, at 28, to enroll in community college. He went on to the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, where he graduated summa cum laude, and then to Yale Law School, where he won a prize for a paper arguing that the Bush administration’s enemy-combatant doctrine violated the Constitution.

    When the protests erupted in Kenosha a month later, many of the demonstrators brought guns, and vigilante groups quickly formed on the other side. They called themselves the Kenosha Guard. There was a confrontation near a gas station like the one at Pepperoni Bill’s, and a teenager allegedly opened fire and killed two people. A man affiliated with antifa allegedly gunned down a Trump supporter in Portland later that week, and Rhodes declared that “the first shot has been fired.”

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Fresneck View Post
      Strange reaction to have for a pretty scary group of people

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Fresneck View Post
        A firearm instructor wounded by their own negligence makes me laugh too. Sadly, the rest of article quite terrifying because we all know how much people in fishbowls can spread germs to each other. All he needs is to find a few thousand Dylan Roofs, people easily manipulated into violence, and some really scary shitnis going to go down.

        I hate that I have completely lost my faith in humanity this year. It was waning before, but with everything that's happened this year, fuck, the world needs a cleansing of the gene pool.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by DSMoneypit View Post

          A firearm instructor wounded by their own negligence makes me laugh too. Sadly, the rest of article quite terrifying because we all know how much people in fishbowls can spread germs to each other. All he needs is to find a few thousand Dylan Roofs, people easily manipulated into violence, and some really scary shitnis going to go down.

          I hate that I have completely lost my faith in humanity this year. It was waning before, but with everything that's happened this year, fuck, the world needs a cleansing of the gene pool.
          We used to have large scale wars for this sort of thing, but we had to go and invent nuclear weapons and that fucked everything up.

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          • #6
            i stopped reading when i saw "the atlantic"

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            • #7
              Originally posted by DynastyFSU2 View Post
              i stopped reading when i saw "Things Outside My Conservative Echo Chamber"
              Sounds about right.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Deschet View Post

                Sounds about right.
                Hey, if they are gonna publish lies, you can't expect me to keep reading them.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DynastyFSU2 View Post
                  i stopped reading when i saw "the atlantic"
                  Stop being a fucking retard. Trump got Covid for exactly this kind of retarded thinking that the left is the enemy of the people

                  At least the Atlantic doesn't advise people to inject disinfectant.
                  Last edited by sctrojan; 10-02-2020, 12:20 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DynastyFSU2 View Post

                    Hey, if they are gonna publish lies, you can't expect me to keep reading them.
                    But you still listen to and support trump. LMMFAO!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by DynastyFSU2 View Post
                      i stopped reading
                      Sounds about right.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TTURedRaider View Post

                        Sounds about right.
                        He never started.

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                        • #13
                          Not shocked, white supremacists have shown themselves quite talented at infiltrating police departments and other law enforcement organizations. Hence why in a lot of cases, we need to completely strip these forces down and start over.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Canedude08 View Post
                            Not shocked, white supremacists have shown themselves quite talented at infiltrating police departments and other law enforcement organizations. Hence why in a lot of cases, we need to completely strip these forces down and start over.
                            You just have to start by getting rid of Trump voters from all the police forces and automatically you'll be left with decent people who want to serve the community

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Canedude08 View Post
                              Not shocked, white supremacists have shown themselves quite talented at infiltrating police departments and other law enforcement organizations. Hence why in a lot of cases, we need to completely strip these forces down and start over.
                              Some of those that work forces...

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