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Far-right culture wars and conspiracy theories have created a security threat at a beloved teaching hospital connected to Harvard Medical School.
"Boston Children’s Hospital has warned employees about mounting threats and is coordinating with law enforcement after far-right activists on social media began targeting the hospital with false claims about its treatment of young transgender people," NBC News reported. "It’s the most recent in a series of attempts to target hospitals for their work with trans youth, adding to an ongoing wave of anti-LGBTQ sentiment that has hit libraries, schools and even a trans-inclusive Los Angeles spa."
The hospital sent an email to employees providing guidance after an 'increase of threatening and aggressive' phone calls and emails.
"Boston Children’s Hospital first became the target of activists in recent weeks, when well-followed social media accounts such as LibsofTikTok, which has often promoted “groomer” discourse that falsely linked LGBTQ teachers and parents to pedophilia, began to make a variety of false claims. One allegation said that the hospital offered gender-affirming hysterectomies to children under 18 years old," NBC News reported. "Conservative influencers with millions of followers pushed similar false talking points and fanned the flames further."
In April, The Washington Post revealed the LibsofTikTok account is run by New York real estate agent Chaya Raichik.
"Last week, fact-checking organizations debunked the claims from right-wing accounts, but many of the same accounts continued to spread the false allegations this week," NBC News reported. "Nevertheless, the posts demonizing Boston Children’s Hospital quickly spread through the far-right media ecosystem, promoted by right-wing media personalities including The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh and conservative websites like The Post Millennial and The Daily Caller."
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America could be rapidly approaching a new civil war and the August 8 search warrant execution at Mar-a-Lago could be a turning point in American history.
Writing in The Atlantic, Tim Alberta warned, "this country is tracking toward a scale of political violence not seen since the Civil War. It’s evident to anyone who spends significant time dwelling in the physical or virtual spaces of the American right. Go to a gun show. Visit a right-wing church. Check out a Trump rally. No matter the venue, the doomsday prophesying is ubiquitous—and scary. Whenever and wherever I’ve heard hypothetical scenarios of imminent conflict articulated, the premise rests on an egregious abuse of power, typically Democrats weaponizing agencies of the state to target their political opponents. I’ve always walked away from these experiences thinking to myself: If America is a powder keg, then one overreach by the government, real or perceived, could light the fuse."
"What made January 6 so predictable—the willingness of Republican leaders to prey on the insecurities and outright paranoia of these voters—is what makes August 8 so dangerous," Alberta wrote. "Assuming that Trump runs in 2024, the stakes are even higher. If Biden—or another Democrat—defeats him, Republicans will have all the more reason to reject the results, given what they see as the Democrats’ politically motivated investigation of the likely Republican nominee. If Trump wins, he and his hard-line loyalists will set about purging the DOJ, the intelligence community, and other vital government departments of careerists deemed insufficiently loyal. There will be no political cost to him for doing so; a Trump victory will be read as a mandate to prosecute his opponents. Indeed, that seems to be exactly where we’re headed."
Alberta was interviewed about his analysis by CNN's Anderson Cooper.
"Tim, do you really believe we're tracking toward a scale of political violence not seen since the Civil War?" Cooper asked. "In the early '70s, there were political bombings. There were a lot of bombings in the country, often just against property, and that was something the U.S. hadn't seen in a long time. You think what we're heading for is potentially far worse than that?"
"I would say a couple of things," Alberta replied. "First, in the 1970s, as far as I can recollect, there were not members of militia scaling the walls of the United States Capitol building. You did not have the sort of technological capacity to organize the way that we have now, and in fact, when you hear the warnings being issued by the Justice Department this week, listen, I've talked to people in the FBI, I've talked to people at Justice, they're not issuing these warnings just, you know, for the warning's sake."
"There is a serious and spreading threat to the stability of the country right now, and it is happening largely in venues that, respectfully, most of the mainstream media is completely oblivious to," Alberta explained. "They're not being covered, and I think we all want to tell ourselves that actually, this is just a lot of, you know, keyboard cowboys who are talking tough in some of the dark corners of the internet. But, in fact, when we see this guy go try to shoot up an FBI office in Cincinnati immediately after the Mar-a-Lago search warrant was executed, we see some of this other activity proliferating online, and it's a reminder that Jan. 6 was not an isolated incident."
"In fact, we should have seen it coming and my fear is we're going to find ourselves in a spot not too long from now when we're looking back wondering why we didn't see more of it coming," Alberta warned.
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Truth Social has become a 'haven' of doxxed info against federal officials after Mar-a-Lago raid: reporter
On MSNBC Tuesday, Rolling Stone political reporter Asawin Suebsaeng explained how former President Donald Trump's social media network is only fanning the flames as Republicans rage against the FBI search warrant executed at Mar-a-Lago to find missing classified documents.
Truth Social, said Suebsaeng, is being used to out the personal information of officials involved in the case — and their families.
"In 2016 we saw the Russians infiltrate our democracy targeting Black voters, and now Trump has engaged in these, you know, essentially Twitter wannabe platforms," said anchor Tiffany Cross. "I'm curious how you think that could be weaponized when it comes to misinformation."
"Well, you mentioned the term 'Twitter wannabe' earlier in terms of what Trump's attempt at building a MAGA social media — it's Truth Social, and at its very best form, currently, it's a Twitter wannabe," said Suebsaeng. "Unfortunately for Trump, nothing more so now in terms of how much of a player it's going to be in terms of radicalization, that depends on how much popularity it's going to gain and right now that's a little bit questionable."
"What we do know, in terms of the level of MAGA-related popularity that it does have, is that in recent days, ever since the FBI raid on Trump's home and private Florida club in Mar-a-Lago, Truth Social had become a haven in the way that other social media platforms and more shall we say mainstream social media platforms had not become for this type of doxxed information on not just the personnel, the magistrate who signed off on this and also their families," said Suebsaeng.
"As you pointed out in the intro, the school that one of the kids went to was bandied about there ... left up for days, and it was to the taken down until we reached out to Truth Social which, again, is under Trump's control since he's the head honcho. He's one of the founders. It's his company. They didn't take it down until after we reached out for comment and until after we published the story last night."
"To make sure we weren't being completely unfair, because there are a lot of things that happen on a lot of different social media platforms that aren't necessarily the fault of the people, shall we say, of the people who owned them, we did a quick search on Twitter," added Suebsaeng. "We did a search on Twitter, just a one-on-one comparison between Truth Social and Twitter.com and we couldn't find any of the same doxxed information we were describing earlier about the FBI personnel and their families, so take that for what you will."
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