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German extremists are using 'the same blueprint' for Jan. 6-style violence: Former Oath Keepers spox
This week, German police conducted a series of raids on an extremist group known as "Reichsbürger" (Reich Citizens Movement) which supports the end of democracy and the re-establishment of an absolute monarchy. The group had been hoping to pull off a January 6-style raid of government buildings in Germany.
Speaking to CNN's Erin Burnett on Wednesday, Jason Van Tatenhove, the former spokesman for the far-right militia group the Oath Keepers, outlined how Reichsbürger built their movement off the same template as QAnon in the United States.
"Here we are tonight," said Burnett. "You've seen what happened today. You hear Fred [Pleitgen] reporting about extremists with links to QAnon plotting to overthrow the government of the largest country in Europe. Did you immediately think January 6th?"
"I did," said Van Tatenhove. "And I thought that previously. You know, they've got this notion of this Day X, which is covered extensively by a New York Times reporter Katrin Bennhold, who did the Day X podcast series where she really, really breaks this down. But you can think of Day X as being the equivalent in America of being 'The Storm' that QAnon talks about. And four months before January 6th happened, they had almost an identical event happen at the parliamentary building in Berlin. So, this is a direct reflection. We're seeing this happen all over. And they're using really the same blueprint."
"It is pretty amazing to see it," said Burnett. "So when you see former President Trump posing at Mar-a-Lago — prominent QAnon conspiracists posing for photos — this is after, of course, he just had dinner with a person who denies the holocaust, who is a known anti-Semite — what signal does this send to members of the Oath Keepers, just for instance, or to other far-right groups?"
"Again, it's much like we heard during the presidential debates with the 'stand back and stand by,'" said Van Tatenhove. "It's a dog whistle. It's acknowledging that he sees them as part of his base and part of his power structure, and he possibly intends to use them, much like we saw them employed on January 6th. But it normalizes."
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The conservative Wall Street Journal editorial board lamented that the Republican Party had blown yet another winnable Senate race this year -- and it placed blame for the fiasco squarely at the feet of former President Donald Trump.
The editors described Walker's defeat at the hands of Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) as "Donald Trump's final 2022 gift to the GOP," as Walker was just one of many hand-picked Trump candidates to crash and burn in a general election.
After taking a shot at President Joe Biden for falsely predicting that Georgia's new voting laws would strangle participation in the state's elections, the editors turned their attention to Trump, who went out of his way to make sure that Walker would be the Republican Party nominee despite a long list of well known character defects and scandals.
"Mr. Trump helped to clear the GOP primary field for Mr. Walker," write the editors. “'Wouldn’t it be fantastic if the legendary Herschel Walker ran for the United States Senate in Georgia?' Mr. Trump said in March 2021. 'He would be unstoppable.' Mr. Walker had no serious primary opposition, but he was unvetted and inexperienced, and Democrats dug up and unloaded truckloads of unflattering personal history."
The editors concluded with a plea to the Republican Party to look beyond Trump in the 2024 race, as they predicted he would have no shot of winning another general election.
"The evidence is overwhelming over the last three election cycles that Mr. Trump and the crazy parts of Trumpism alienate suburban voters and divide the GOP," they write. "Denying that is denying reality and will guarantee more needless Republican losses in 2024."
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," reporter Kristen Holmes detailed how former President Donald Trump and his inner circle are beginning to worry that Republicans will finally turn the page on him and move on.
This comes one night after Trump's hand-picked candidate for Senate in Georgia, retired NFL star Herschel Walker, lost to Democratic Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock after a scandal-plagued candidacy that saw many suburban Republicans simply stay home.
"This is a huge day to see what Trump will do and what those around him are thinking," said anchor Erin Burnett. "Just how worried is Team Trump now, after the Walker loss?"
"The aides, advisers and allies that I've talked to are deeply concerned," said Holmes. "They had hoped for a Walker win, obviously. But Walker wasn't just endorsed by Trump. He was heavily recruited by Trump. Trump is the one who actually pushed him forward. And they had hoped that if he won, this would stop these calls for new Republican leadership, particularly after so many of Trump's picks failed in the midterms. And they also hoped that it would breathe some sort of new life and energy into what has really been a lackluster launch of a 2024 campaign. And now they are fearful that it's going to do just the opposite because of this loss, that it's actually going to boost the demand for people to challenge Trump in 2024."
"Their fears are not unfounded," continued Holmes. "I want to read to you what one person who is close to Trump told us. they basically said that Trump's losing scorecard is what has solidified their decision to support someone else. He said, 'Donald's got his problems right now, and they are so numerous that I don't think he can win, and I want to back a winner.' There are a lot of friends of mine who don't want Trump at the top of the ticket because they feel like it's a killer. Now, this is all coming on the heels of what has been a really bad three weeks for the former president. And we're told it's not lost on him. He has been at Mar-a-Lago, he is stewing. He is calling allies, he is calling advisers. He is talking about those verdicts in New York."
"One thing I want to point out, because I spoke to a number of Republican advisers who said this time and time again," added Holmes. "They are not sure that this is the end of Donald Trump. Even if it feels that way, they believe there is still a big portion of the base that will support him, and they are very careful not to write him off just yet."
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