Is There A Difference Between Militias And Domestic Terrorists?
We’re finding out more about the plot by a Michigan militia to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
The group charged in the plot also considered targeting Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, according to the F.B.I. Governors Northam and Whitmer, both Democrats, were targeted allegedly because of their aggressive lockdown measures regarding the spread of COVID-19, the F.B.I said.
But the threat posed by these groups isn’t just limited to these plots.
A number of groups monitoring far rightwing paramilitary activity have warned in recent weeks that militia groups and individuals online are increasingly focusing their attentions on the presidential election. The chatter has been fueled by Trump’s provocative remarks casting doubt on the integrity of the voting process and calling on his supporters to turn up at polling places on election day.
Where do we draw the line between calling these groups militias and domestic terrorists? And who are the people that join them?
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