Christopher MathiasNew: In light of Michigan militia plot news, I did a reporter's notebook piece looking back at covering 4 years of right-wing violence, how the president's rhetoric often inspires it, & how the MAGA movement is very much a fascist one.
The former sheriff's deputy submitted an extensive proposal that would make the border wall a recreational attraction.
Christopher Mathiasfor no reason at all, thinking of the small militia who bombed a mosque in Minnesota, and whose leader loved Trump so much that he submitted a detailed bid to design the president's border wall.
Sheriff Dar Leaf stood with the militiaman at an anti-lockdown rally. He's part of the "constitutional sheriffs" movement, a close ally of America's far-...
Christopher MathiasNew: One of the men arrested in a militia plot to kidnap the Michigan governor appeared on stage earlier this year with Sheriff Dar Leaf.
Leaf is part of the far-right "constitutional sheriff" movement, which works with & seeks to legitimize militias.
The block by Senate Republicans came in the same week the president refused to condemn white supremacists and told a neo-fascist gang to "stand by."
Christopher MathiasNEW: Trump's Justice Department won’t fully explain why it helped block a bill that would enhance its ability to combat white supremacists, adding to concerns the agency is again downplaying or ignoring far-right threats.
Story from me & @ryanjreilly
The pages were removed only after an inquiry from HuffPost, as concerns grow over Facebook's ties to escalating political violence in the U.S.
Christopher MathiasNew: Proud Boys & other far-right groups were using Facebook to promote & raise funds for an upcoming rally in Portland.
The pages were removed after @HuffPost asked Facebook about them.
Is Trump a fascist? You should ask the same question of your local police.
Christopher Mathias"The role of law enforcement has been mystified through decades of propaganda & euphemism. Examining the history of police through the lens of their affiliations with overt racist & fascist groups helps clarify what has been made obscure." - @johnknefel
The arrest of Jeremy Logan, co-chair of a DSA chapter, appears to have been politically motivated and carried out by a sheriff hostile to “antifa.”
Christopher MathiasJeremy was on his way to protest. 2 friends witnessed the arrest & confirmed Jeremy's story to @HuffPost.
6 or so officers, most in plainclothes, some armed, refused to name their law enforcement agency.
They told Jeremy he had an outstanding warrant.
Christopher MathiasNEW: Unidentified cops tossed a protester into an unmarked van in Spokane.
The arrest of Jeremy Logan — co-chair of his local @DemSocialists — appears politically-motivated, by a sheriff hostile to "antifa."
In jail, feds tried to interview Jeremy.
New data shows that far-right vigilantes, often with support from cops, have threatened protesters nearly 500 times since police killed George Floyd.
Christopher MathiasNew: Data shows right-wing vigilantes & paramilitaries have confronted or attacked anti-racist protesters about 500 times since cops killed George Floyd in May. This includes at least:
38 attacks by car
A witness stated that a white man shot at the marchers, who are on a weekslong hike from Milwaukee to Washington, D.C. Police are investigating.
Christopher MathiasA BLM protester was shot while marching through rural PA last night, police confirm.
The protesters, who are marching from Milwaukee to D.C., say a white man opened fire on them.
A video appears to show the man holding a gun before shots can be heard
The president has his politically driven narrative. And then there’s reality.
Christopher Mathiashorrendous framing in this @NickKristof piece an example of how liberals throw anarchists under the bus.
if you're gonna write abt anarchists maybe read abt them first? if you're on the "front lines" of the protests, maybe interview an anarchist first?
Authorities searched the home of Andrew Richard Casarez, aka white supremacist “Vic Mackey,” and confiscated a gun, an official said.
Christopher MathiasNEW: Days after HuffPost's report confirming the real-life identity of infamous neo-Nazi propagandist "Vic Mackey," authorities confirm he is under investigation.
Earlier this month police searched his home and seized a gun. From @SebastianMurdoc & me