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Capitol Storming

  • OATH KEEPERS THEATRE ACT I: HYPE, LIES AND COMMS FAILURES

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    by MICHAEL BOORMAN

    UPDATE 10 OCTOBER 2021 9:30PM: A timeline document of the J6 riot was previously reported as being created by the Oath Keepers' legal team. It was, in actuality, created by a Twitter user as crowd-sourced tool for identifying capitol rioters. The section about it has been removed.

    In early October, journalistic nonprofit Distributed Denial of Secrets released a trove of data collected from the Oath Keepers website. LCRW has been studying the material since the release. It reveals an organization mired in dysfunction and distrust – its membership directionless and often paranoid, its administration slipshod and laughably insecure, and its leadership seemingly running away from the members. Most of all, it shows the grandiose claims of its founder, Stuart Rhodes, are little more than hype and lies.

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  • CALIFORNIA RECALL BALLOT DOMINATED BY FAR-RIGHT EXTREMISTS

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    by WATERSPIDER AND DESERTBORDER

    EDITOR'S NOTE : Waterspider has been filming the LA protest scene since last summer. Her Twitter is @waterspider__ and her Cashapp is $AWaterspider. Desertborder is an LA-based researcher who really, really hates fascism. You can find him on Twitter @desertborder. His Cashapp is $fuckgarcetti.

    California governor Gavin Newsom, facing a recall election on September 14, often refers to the recall effort as a Republican power grab. He’s right—the recall got off the ground thanks to the tireless efforts of Proud Boys, QAnoners and Covid conspiracy theorists, and is heavily funded by MAGA money. But who are the actual candidates running against him?

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  • EDITOR'S NOTE : James Croxton is an independent journalist and editor of Double Sided Media. You can support his work at Double Sided Media’s Patreon and on cashapp at $croxtonj.

    I got to the plaza in front of Springfield Library/City Hall right around 4 p.m. on Wednesday when the anti-mask, anti-vaccine, anti-critical race theory event hosted by Rob Davis and local real estate agent Amanda Crosswhite was supposed to start.

    Davis has been a constant presence throughout Eugene, Springfield, and Salem, Oregon, mostly organizing pro-Trump events.

    One of those present at this event was Tim Davis, a violent white supremacist who is a member of The American Patriot Society, was also present at the U. S. Capitol insurrection.

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  • Sean Michael McHugh, 34, a Proud Boy from Auburn, California was charged this week in federal court for his role in the January 6th Capitol storming. He’s accused of “assault on law enforcement with a deadly or dangerous weapon; obstruction of justice; and physical violence on Capitol grounds, among other charges.” According to the charging documents, McHugh is on video pushing a sign into a line of Capitol Police and spraying them with “an unknown chemical” on the West Terrace.

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  • PROUD BOYS ARE EATING THE PATRIOT PARTY ALIVE

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    by JORDAN HOPKINS

    EDITOR'S NOTE : Jordan Hopkins (he/him) is a freelance independent journalist reporting on right-wing extremism in eastern Pennsylvania. You can find his work on Twitter @jhop_phl and at http://itsalienmuse.com. You can tip him for his work on Cashapp at $hopkinsxjordan. Secure comms at hopkinsjordan@protonmail.com.

    In the harried days following the J6 Capitol riots, mainstream media boiled about the collapse of the Republican party. Donald Trump raged at “RINO”s (Republicans-In-Name-Only) who had betrayed him and refused to back his attempted coup. Trump loyalists spoke openly of leaving the party entirely and forming a new coalition, separate from the moderates they viewed as traitors. Chatter quickly grew about a possible third party, one that would reject conservative politics entirely for a new political entity composed of Donald Trump’s most radical supporters. MAGA supporters, QAnon adherents, Proud Boys, and more, would all gather together under one big tent–a new way forward for all the disparate, quarreling ideologies of the American right.

    The Patriot Party never stood a chance.

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  • ANALYSIS: THE PROUD BOYS AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

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    by SARLACC ATTACK

    EDITOR'S NOTE : Sarlacc Attack is a Pacific NorthWest-based researcher specializing in police brutality and fascist organizing. You can follow them on Twitter here and contribute to their work on Venmo (@Sarlacc_Attack) and Cashapp ($SarlaccAttack.)

    Late into the morning on January 6, 2021, about 300 men from the far-right fraternity known as the Proud Boys assembled on the eastern side of the Capitol Building across the street from the Supreme Court. They traveled from as far as Washington State to stop the Democrats from “stealing” the presidential election they presumed Trump would have surely won. How exactly would they negate the millions of votes cast in disfavor of their dear leader, though? They revealed their plot to reinstate Trump directly to a bevy of press photographers and to hundreds of strangers watching their every move via livestream.

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