Dozens charged in Capitol riots spewed extremist rhetoric

Dozens charged in Capitol riots spewed extremist rhetoric
FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo rioters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: In a text message, a radicalized supporter of Donald Trump suggested getting a boat to ferry “heavy weapons” across the Potomac River into the waiting arms of their members in time for January 6, court papers say. Now, dozens of individuals are being charged with using extremist rhetoric.

It was not just idle talk, authorities say. Investigators found invoices for more than $750 worth of live ammunition and for a firearm designed to look like a cellphone at the Virginia home of Thomas Caldwell, who has charged with conspiring with members of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group in one of the most sinister plots in the US Capitol siege.

Right-wing extremists, blessed by former president Donald Trump, were unleashed last month, and their menacing presence has resparked the debate over domestic extremism and how law enforcement should be handling these groups.

Their talk of civil war, revolution and traito mirrored fighting words echoed by right-wing social media personalities and websites for months as Donald Trump spread bogus claims about a rigged presidential election.

In nearly half of the more than 200 federal cases stemming from the attack on the US Capitol building, authorities have cited evidence that an insurrectionist appeared to be inspired by extremist ideologies or conspiracy theories, according to an Associated Press review of court records.

The FBI has linked at least 40 defendants to extremist movements or groups, including at least 16 members or associates of the neo-fascist Proud Boys and at least five connected to the anti-government Oath Keepers. FBI agents also explicitly connected at least 10 defendants to QAnon, a pro-Trump conspiracy theory that has grown beyond its fringe origins to penetrate mainstream Republican politics.

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