Organization that tracks hate groups says standoff at Bundy ranch in Nevada emboldened right-wing extremists: http://t.co/2IBsLRSHDN
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 11, 2014
The Southern Poverty Law Center based its report on online chatter among extreme right-wing groups and a surge in organized protests against regulation of public lands.
Cliven Bundy’s faceoff with Bureau of Land Management agents and Las Vegas police at his ranch in southern Nevada in April has “invigorated” an extremist movement that has exploded since President Barack Obama was elected, growing from 150 groups in 2008 to more than 1,000 last year, the SPLC’s report said.
“We’ve never seen growth like that in 30-plus years of monitoring groups on the radical right,” said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the center in Montgomery, Alabama, who co-authored the report.
The report warns of the potential for more violence, like the recent killing of two Las Vegas police officers by a pair of anti-government zealots — Jerad and Amanda Miller — who spent time at Bundy’s ranch before they were asked to leave because of their extremist views.
And we have an example of this in Texas. From TPM:
— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) July 10, 2014
Operation Secure Our Border, with its own Facebook page, is being organized by members of the “Patriot” movement along with Oathkeepers and Three-Percenters, according to the San Antonio Express News. Those are some of the same militia groups that came to Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s defense earlier this year.
The Express News and The Monitor in McAllen, Texas, both reported on a YouTube video featuring Chris Davis, who has been identified as the commander of the militia, in which he apparently explained how the border would be secured.
“You see an illegal. You point your gun dead at him, right between his eyes, and you say, ‘Get back across the border or you will be shot,'” Davis said in the video, according to the reports.
As the Southern Poverty Law Center points out, this type of extremism has been building since the election of President Obama in 2008. However, they have long been with us.