And one of them is an elected official offering to HELP them in his official capacity, even:
The story, from the Grauniad:
A Washington state Republican politician took part in private discussions with rightwing figures about carrying out surveillance, “psyops” and even violent attacks on perceived political enemies, according to chat records obtained by the Guardian.
State representative Matt Shea, who represents Spokane Valley in the Washington state house, participated in the chats with three other men. All of the men used screen aliases – Shea’s was “Verum Bellator”, Latin for true warrior. The Guardian confirmed the identity of those in the chat by cross-checking phone numbers attached to the Signal accounts.
The group included Jack Robertson, who broadcasts a far-right radio show, Radio Free Redoubt, under the alias “John Jacob Schmidt”. The chat also included Anthony Bosworth, whose history includes a public altercation with his own daughter and bringing guns to a court house. Bosworth participated in the 2016 occupation of the Malheur national wildlife refuge, reportedly at Shea’s request.
Yeah, they sure sound like a fine bunch of fucking scumbags. Shea’s so stupid, he can’t even get his Latin right…verum is a neuter adjective that doesn’t agree with the masculine noun bellator. He’s neither a warrior nor a true anything, unless perhaps it’s a piece of shit (verum stercore).
And if you think he’s innocent and only doing this in response to threats against his family (as he claimed), you’re wrong. When Bosworth suggests finding out where “they” work and where “their” kids go to daycare, Shea’s response was “Ok. What BG checks need to be done. Give me the list.”
In other words, SHEA IS OFFERING TO DOX ANTIFASCISTS.
Luckily, the anticipated rebellion never happened, but morons gonna moron. And the higher this monkey Shea climbs, the more he shows his ass:
Shea, a six-term legislator and military veteran, came to international attention in 2018 after a document he authored surfaced laying out a “biblical basis for war”, which appeared to be a plan for an apocalyptic battle with people who practiced “same sex marriage” and “abortion”, and instructed: “If they do not yield, kill all males.”
Shea denied that the document meant what it appeared to say.
At that time, Shea lost donors, and he was stripped of his role as chair of the Republican caucus – though he was serving in this position at the time of the leaked chat.
But Shea has since regrouped, introducing bills to criminalize abortion and roll back gun laws, which other Republicans in Washington have supported. He has also continued pushing a plan for eastern Washington to secede and reconstitute as Liberty State. Robertson has also been a key architect of this campaign, and he and Shea have been regular guests on each other’s broadcasts.
Shea has long promoted conspiratorial views about the cooperation of leftists and Muslims in creating “counter-states” in the US. He has associated with conspiracy-minded far-right groups, and later this month will emcee a dinner for the anti-communist John Birch society in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho.
Coeur D’Alene, you may recall, is an old neo-Nazi stronghold. The Aryan Nations compound was located not far from there, and the place still serves as a nostalgic rallying point for white supremacists and Nazis to this day. It’s one of those “I’m not a racist, BUT” places.
In addition, the John Birchers are just one step (and one swastika) removed from the actual, unvarnished fascists they have a funny way of bringing out of the woodwork wherever they go. Stands to reason; they are overtly anti-democratic, and have vocally supported every fascist movement extant in Europe, including the murderous Spanish dictatorship of Franco. They’ve also been having a resurgence in recent years, no doubt due to the rise of the “alt”-right.
So I’m not surprised that a man who tacitly endorses stringing up Antifa women “by their nipple rings”, as one of his perverted pals suggested (no doubt typing one-handed), and who offered to help those perverts find the addresses of presumed enemies, would go to such a place, and speak to such a crowd. On the contrary, I expect no better from him.
The question is, WHEN WILL HE BE ARRESTED FOR AIDING AND ABETTING TERRORISM? Because that’s what all this doxxing and threatening of violence is. And because that’s what boogying with neofascists of ANY stripe is, too.