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The era of Donald Trump unleashed an onslaught of candidates for office who court hate and extremism.
Responding to a nationwide call to arms issued by the leadership of the Oath Keepers, scores of antigovernment “Patriots” have begun showing up fully armed and prepared to guard military recruiting offices across the United States – and some continue to do so.
More than three years after cattle rancher Cliven Bundy, backed by heavily armed militias, stood down federal agents in Bunkerville, Nevada, the antigovernment movement has not forgotten that fateful day, especially as many of the defendants from the standoff are heading to trial.
Alt-right figures, Infowars, and their conspiracist cohort spin baseless and increasingly wild claims of impending violence, from a November 4 nonevent to the Texas church shooting.
A militia leader who was among the armed participants at the 2014 Bunkerville standoff with Cliven Bundy has pleaded guilty to involvement in a separate plot to bomb a remote Bureau of Land Management facility in Arizona.
Mississippi is the only state still blocking adoptions by same-sex couples, Arizona militia members are busted on drug-rip charges, and the term “cuckservative” is catching on with some Republicans.
Oath Keepers, a two-year-old organization that encourages police officers and soldiers to disobey orders that may be unconstitutional, has long contended that it is about nothing more than protecting Americans' freedoms.