Far Right Groups Loom As A Threat On Election Day. And Beyond.

Far Right Groups Loom As A Threat On Election Day. And Beyond.

A man in Revolutionary War-era costume speaks to the crowd at the Freedom To Worship Protest in Whidbey Island, WA, on October 18, 2020. Armed men at polling places. Post-election violence. These are not scenes typically associated with American democracy. But that’s exactly what extremism experts are warning could happen on and after Nov. 3. And the anti-government groups these experts are concerned about are likely to be a force long after the election, regardless of outcome. One of those movements is the Three Percent, a loose affiliation of militias across the country. On a recent weekend, one of the most prominent of these groups, the Washington Three Percent, organized an anti-lockdown protest on Whidbey Island, Washington, about an hour north of Seattle. The Freedom to Worship Protest, as it was called, was equal parts tent revival, patriotic rally, and political event. There was a guy in a Revolutionary War costume, contemporary Christian music, and even booths handing out political campaign flyers and stickers for political candidates in Washington. About 150 people gathered under a white tent in a grassy lot to hear speakers like Matt Marshall, leader of Washington Three Percent. “I am frequently discounted as a far-right extremist,” he told the crowd. “I also get small-town redneck, leader of a militia and various other things that are used to discredit me and my qualifications and the Three Percent.” Marshall is a combat veteran and physician’s assistant who prefers suits to camo. He’s been trying to clean up […]

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