Fact-Checked on Facebook and Twitter, Conservatives Switch Their Apps

Since the election, millions have migrated to alternative social media and media sites like Parler, Rumble and Newsmax.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #conservatism-us-politics, #facebook-inc, #fox-news-channel, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #news-and-news-media, #newsmax-media, #parler, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumble, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government

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QAnon Struggles After Trump Election Defeat

For years, followers of the pro-Trump conspiracy theory had been assured that the president would win re-election in a landslide.

#8chan, #8kun, #conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qanon, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Arkansas Police Chief Resigns After Calling for Democrats to Be Executed

Chief Lang Holland of Marshall, Ark., advocated online that Democrats should be attacked and summarily executed. He resigned soon after his comments were made public.

#arkansas-patriots, #democratic-party, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #holland-lang, #marshall-ark, #police, #presidential-election-of-2020, #proud-boys, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Danger in White Moderates Setting Biden’s Agenda

With at most a narrow majority in the Senate, the new president will be inclined to do less. He must be pushed to do more.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #presidential-election-of-2020, #senate, #united-states-economy

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‘Stop the Steal’ Facebook Group Is Taken Down

In its short life span, it was one of the fastest growing groups in Facebook’s history and a hub for those trying to delegitimize the election.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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QAnon Supporter Marjorie Taylor Greene Is Headed to Congress

Marjorie Taylor Greene’s victory in Georgia underscores an uncomfortable truth for Republicans: The 2020 election brought QAnon into their party.

#boebert-lauren, #conspiracy-theories, #elections-house-of-representatives, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qanon, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Lives in a Hall of Mirrors and He’s Got Plenty of Company

It will take a long time to drive conspiracy-mongering back to the fringes of American politics.

#conspiracy-theories, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qanon, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Dan Bongino Has No Idea Why Facebook Loves Him

The right-wing commentator, whose page performs better than those of major news organizations, is perplexed by his social media success.

#bongino-daniel, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #news-and-news-media, #social-media

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F.B.I. Arrests Michigan Men Tied to White Supremacist Group

Two members of the Base, a white supremacist and neo-Nazi group, were accused of trying to threaten a host of a podcast that describes itself as “confronting white nationalism.”

#fringe-groups-and-movements, #michigan, #neo-nazi-groups, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #whitmer-gretchen

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Netflix’s ‘Barbarians’ Reclaims a Battle Beloved of Germany’s Far Right

“Barbarians” depicts the Battle of Teutoburg Forest, which has long been a rallying cry for German nationalists, including the Nazis.

#fringe-groups-and-movements, #germany, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #television

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Anti-Semitism and What Feeds It

Two years after the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, the oldest hatred is flourishing across the political spectrum.

#abdul-jabbar-kareem, #anti-semitism, #chabad-of-poway-synagogue-shooting-2019, #discrimination, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #hate-crimes, #ice-cube-1969, #immigration-and-emigration, #jews-and-judaism, #pittsburgh-pa-shooting-2018, #race-and-ethnicity, #tree-of-life-pittsburgh-pa-synagogue, #zionism

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Trump’s Army of Angry White Men

This group will continue to fight for Trump and he knows that.

#fringe-groups-and-movements, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites

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How to Talk to Friends and Family Who Share Conspiracy Theories

Fringe movements will persist long after Election Day. Here’s how to help.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #dickey-colin, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #news-and-news-media, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media

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Far-Right Groups Are Behind Most U.S. Terrorist Attacks, Report Finds

White supremacist groups have carried out a majority of “terrorist plots and attacks” this year, according to a report by a think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

#boogaloo-movement, #center-for-strategic-and-international-studies, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #homeland-security-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #terrorism, #united-states, #whitmer-gretchen

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False Political News in Spanish Pits Latino Voters Against Black Lives Matter

On family WhatsApp groups and in Spanish-language media, misinformation paints 2020 as a zero-sum game.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #colombia, #computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #florida, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #hispanic-americans, #instant-messaging, #miami-fla, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #radio, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #spanish-language, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #venezuela, #whatsapp-inc

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Republican Voters Take a Radical Conspiracy Theory Mainstream

QAnon, with encouragement from the president himself, has moved from online message boards to political rallies and congressional campaigns.

#conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qanon, #republican-party, #social-media, #trump-donald-j

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Trump, or the Last Stand of White America

We face a choice between a true renewal and a warped fantasy of the past.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #camus-renaud, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Campaign Lawyers Are Aiding a Leading Proponent of QAnon

A firm started by a group of Trump lawyers highlights the campaign’s connections to the false conspiracy theory and reinforces how deeply it has taken hold in the Republican Party.

#elections-house-of-representatives, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #georgia, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #qanon

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A Sudden Spray of Bullets: Reconstructing a U.S. Task Force’s Killing of an Antifa Activist

President Trump praised the killing of Michael Reinoehl, suspected of fatally shooting a far-right protester, as “retribution.” Our investigation found that officers may have shot without warning or seeing a gun.

#antifa-movement-us, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right

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YouTube Cracks Down on QAnon Conspiracy Theory, Citing Offline Violence

YouTube has played a bigger role in moving QAnon from the fringes to the mainstream than most platforms.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #google-inc, #qanon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #youtube-com

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As Trump’s Language Grows More Heated, Fears Rise of Political Violence

The plot to kidnap the governor of Michigan is only the latest in a growing list of election-related threats. Some experts say the president is emboldening extremists.

#fringe-groups-and-movements, #presidential-election-of-2020, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #trump-donald-j

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Riled Up: Misinformation Stokes Calls for Violence on Election Day

Baseless claims are circulating online about a Democrat-led coup, inflaming tensions in an already turbulent election season.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youtube-com

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Leading Slovak Extremist Sentenced to 4 Years in Jail Over Use of Neo-Nazi Symbol

Marian Kotleba, the head of a neo-fascist political party, was convicted of spreading an ideology aimed at suppressing democratic rights and freedoms.

#courts-and-the-judiciary, #decisions-and-verdicts, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #kotleba-marian, #neo-nazi-groups, #peoples-party-our-slovakia, #politics-and-government, #slovakia

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Facebook Bans Content About Holocaust Denial From Its Site

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, once cited Holocaust denial as something he would allow on the social network for free speech reasons.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #qanon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #vigilantes, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #world-war-ii-1939-45, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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QAnon Is Thriving in Germany. The Extreme Right Is Delighted.

As the U.S. conspiracy theory goes global, it has found fertile ground in the putsch fantasies and anti-Semitic tropes long popular on Germany’s far-right fringe. Counterterrorism officials worry.

#anti-semitism, #computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #germany, #neo-nazi-groups, #politics-and-government, #qanon, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #trump-donald-j

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Why Michigan Is Considered ‘Fertile’ Ground for Anti-Government Extremists

With its fervent gun culture and its gaping differences between urban and rural populations, Michigan has seen its divisions grow ever wider since at least the 1990s.

#boogaloo-movement, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #michigan, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whitmer-gretchen

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Facebook and the Group That Planned to Kidnap Gretchen Whitmer

Extremist groups and conspiracy theorists like to connect with each other just like everyone else.

#buzzfeed-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #news-and-news-media, #qanon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #whitmer-gretchen, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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The Plot Against Gretchen Whitmer Shows the Danger of Private Militias

These groups have no constitutional right to exist.

#fringe-groups-and-movements, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #michigan, #militias, #oath-keepers, #second-amendment-us-constitution, #whitmer-gretchen

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Delayed Homeland Security Report Warns of ‘Lethal’ White Supremacy

An annual assessment that a whistle-blower said was withheld for months did not hold back on the threat from violent extremists and tagged Russia as the primary source of disinformation.

#antifa-movement-us, #china, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #federal-state-relations-us, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-and-emigration, #portland-ore, #presidential-election-of-2020, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #russia, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites, #wolf-chad-f

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Facebook Amps Up Its Crackdown on QAnon

The company said an earlier effort to curb the conspiracy movement’s growth didn’t properly address its increasing popularity.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #qanon, #social-media

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Far-Right Extremism Taints German Security Services in Hundreds of Cases

A report by the domestic intelligence agency listed more than 1,400 instances in which soldiers, police officers and intelligence officials were suspected of extremist actions, posing “a significant danger.”

#defense-and-military-forces, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #germany, #neo-nazi-groups, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #seehofer-horst

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Far Right Sees ‘Miracle’ in Trump’s Outing. Medical Experts See Recklessness.

Some of President Trump’s supporters viewed his appearance in an S.U.V. to greet supporters as a sign that he was overcoming his illness.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #daily-caller-the, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #rumors-and-misinformation, #secret-service, #trump-coronavirus-positive-result, #trump-donald-j, #world-health-organization

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Attack at German Synagogue During Sukkot Raises Anti-Semitism Fears

Almost exactly a year after a far-right extremist shocked Germany by attacking a synagogue during Yom Kippur, another assault targets a synagogue in Hamburg.

#anti-semitism, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #germany, #hamburg-germany, #jews-and-judaism, #sukkot-jewish-holiday, #synagogues

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Following Falsehoods: A Reporter’s Approach on QAnon

Kevin Roose, a Times tech columnist, has watched the baseless conspiracy theory grow from fringe internet subculture to mass movement, carefully calibrating his coverage along the way.

#conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #news-and-news-media, #qanon, #rumors-and-misinformation

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Why ‘Stand Back and Stand By’ Should Set Off Alarm Bells

America’s failure to deal with the white power movement.

#charlottesville-va, #charlottesville-va-violence-august-2017, #debates-political, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #hate-crimes, #neo-nazi-groups, #presidential-election-of-2020, #proud-boys, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Calls on Extremists to ‘Stand By’

Instead of condemning violent groups, the president marshals them.

#debates-political, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #presidential-election-of-2020, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites

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The Proud Boys, Who Trade in Political Violence, Get a Boost From Trump

During this week’s presidential debate, President Trump said an extremist organization should “stand back and stand by.” Some saw it as an endorsement of a group known for street brawls.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #mcinnes-gavin, #proud-boys, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #tarrio-enrique, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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The Long History of ‘Hidden Earpiece’ Conspiracy Theories

Ahead of Tuesday’s debate, right-wing commentators (and President Trump’s campaign) speculated that Joe Biden might be equipped with a hidden earpiece. It’s a decades-old charge without much evidence.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #debates-political, #ears-and-hearing, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation

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Portland Prepares for Violent Showdowns, Proud Boys and Tear Gas

The nation’s divisive political scene has increasingly spilled from social media into public rallies. Portland is bracing for possible violent clashes between far-right and left-wing activists.

#antifa-movement-us, #black-lives-matter-movement, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #louisville-ky, #portland-ore, #proud-boys, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #taylor-breonna-1993-2020

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Flames That Won’t Die Out So Easily

Conspiracy theories about antifa arson are a symptom of a deeper unraveling, and a sign of danger ahead.

#antifa-movement-us, #arson, #conspiracy-theories, #fires-and-firefighters, #forests-and-forestry, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #western-states-us, #wildfires, #yamhill-ore

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Facebook Tried to Limit QAnon. It Failed.

The social network tried cracking down on the spread of the conspiracy theory and other extremist material. But QAnon groups are still flourishing on the site.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #qanon, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter

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Facebook Has Been a Disaster for the World

How much longer are we going to allow its platform to foment hatred and undermine democracy?

#addis-ababa-ethiopia, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #hundessa-hachalu, #oromia-ethiopia, #politics-and-government, #qanon, #rohingya-ethnic-group, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #zhang-sophie-data-scientist, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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How Culpable Is Trump, and How Dangerous is QAnon?

A debate about the Woodward revelations, and conversation with Charlie Warzel about the conspiracy.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qanon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #woodward-bob

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FBI Director Warns of Russian Interference, White Supremacist Violence

The testimony contradicted efforts by President Trump and other officials to downplay the threats.

#antifa-movement-us, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #homeland-security-department, #house-committee-on-homeland-security, #presidential-election-of-2020, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wolf-chad-f, #wray-christopher-a

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Trump’s Shredding of Civil Liberties Won’t Stop With Antifa

An American was killed by federal agents and the president called it “retribution.” We are so far gone.

#antifa-movement-us, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #danielson-aaron-j-d-2020, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #murphy-brian-j, #portland-ore, #reinoehl-michael-1972-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Health Aide Pushes Bizarre Conspiracies and Warns of Armed Revolt

Michael R. Caputo told a Facebook audience without evidence that left-wing hit squads were being trained for insurrection and accused C.D.C. scientists of “sedition.”

#caputo-michael-r, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #health-and-human-services-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #science-and-technology, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Veterans Fortify the Ranks of Militias Aligned With Trump’s Views

The vast majority of veterans do not join militias, but some fast-growing militias have many veterans among their ranks.

#antifa-movement-us, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #federal-state-relations-us, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #neo-nazi-groups, #oath-keepers, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans, #whites

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Mothers for QAnon

In the testosterone-filled world of Trump-adjacent online conspiracy, the newest theory stands out. Why are so many women falling for Q?

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #london-england, #qanon, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-media, #united-states, #women-and-girls

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Trump Emerges as Inspiration for Germany’s Far Right

Among German conspiracy theorists, ultranationalists and neo-Nazis, the American president is surfacing as a rallying cry, or even as a potential “liberator.”

#conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #germany, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #qanon, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #trump-donald-j

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Justice Dept. Charges 2 With Trying to Support Hamas

The men, both American citizens, were taken into custody on Thursday evening in Minneapolis. They say they are members of a far-right group called the Boogaloo Bois.

#boogaloo-bois, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #hamas, #justice-department, #minneapolis-minn, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #solomon-michael-r, #teeter-benjamin-r, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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