Guardian: US militias forge alliances with conspiracy theorists ahead of election
“Not only have many of these Michigan pages and groups been on Facebook for years, the Facebook algorithm actively recommended other militia-related groups and pages to join, allowing each page and group to expand their reach.”— The Spook who sat by the Ring Doorbell (@hypervisible) October 8, 2020
Anti-government and anti-science advocates joined by founder of militia group at Red Pill Expo in Georgia
⚠️Attention⚠️ Militias and armed groups are mobilizing on Facebook. This is happening now. In plain sight. They must be stopped. Join us 10.15.2020 at 12:00PM ET for our emergency meeting with America’s leading civil rights voices and experts on militia violence. pic.twitter.com/fHIObmvHKP— The Real Facebook Oversight Board (@FBoversight) October 14, 2020
Armed militia groups are forging alliances in the final stages of the US presidential election with conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers who claim the coronavirus pandemic is a hoax, intensifying concerns that trouble could be brewing ahead of election day.
AWESOME! Twitter removed 100s of fake accounts lying & posing as black Trump supporters & lots of Q-Anon crazies— NurseSheepie 💙 (@NurseSheepie) October 14, 2020
NOW, can Twitter, Facebook & all other platforms now take down all the psychotic armed militia wing-nuts plotting Civil War?
Leading advocates of anti-government and anti-science propaganda came together at the weekend, joined by the founder of one of the largest militia groups. The rare connection occurred at the Red Pill Expo, a conference convened on Jekyll Island, Georgia – a symbolic location as it is the birthplace of the US Federal Reserve, a popular bogey figure for conspiracy theorists.
The summit, staged indoors in front of a packed and maskless audience of about 350, was headlined by Stewart Rhodes, president of the Oath Keepers.
The militia, which turned up menacingly at several Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests over the summer and has acted as a vigilante squad at numerous Donald Trump campaign rallies, has links to 25,000 current or past members, mostly military or police veterans.
Rhodes aroused the crowd of “Red Pillers”, as they called themselves, with incendiary language. He denounced BLM as a “communist front” and encouraged attendees to seek training in firearms and militia activity as the election approaches.
“You are your own self-defense,” he said. “You must organize yourselves in the next 30 days in your towns and counties. We have members in every state in the union and we are standing them up right now.”
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