Daily Bulletin: The Risks of Dueling Ideological Violence

Daily Bulletin: The Risks of Dueling Ideological Violence

Protesters and counter-protesters face off in Georgia in August. [Jenni Girtman/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP] Receive this daily news briefing by email every morning. Sign up here. WHAT TO KNOW TODAY NEW from THE TRACE: Far-right gun festival boosts election conspiracy theories. In early October, more than 5,000 gun enthusiasts filed into the small town of Greeley, Pennsylvania, for the second annual Rod of Iron Freedom Festival, a gathering of far-right ideologues and Second Amendment activists. Attendees were treated to a smorgasbord of fringe conspiracies trotted out by politicians, right-wing icons, military veterans, and religious leaders. Stephen Bannon, the former White House senior counselor, made a special virtual appearance, and encouraged supporters to watch polling places to protect against a Democratic conspiracy to rob President Donald Trump of the election through voter fraud. “We need tough people,” he said. As The Trace has reported , election officials across the country have worried that fear mongering about voter fraud — which has been repeatedly debunked — might lead to instances of voter intimidation. You can read Champe Barton’s full story here . Where the risk of militia activity is heightened before and after the election. The threat is most pronounced in five states — Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Wisconsin — according to a report from MilitaWatch and ACLED. It defined militia activity as anything ranging from organizing to violence. Zooming out, across the ideological divide : A new analysis by the Center for Strategic and International Studies found that while […]

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