MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Friday outlined point-by-point the organizing links among white supremacist groups arrested for violence in recent weeks and their ideological similarities to the suspected MAGAbomber — all of whom were “inspired” by Donald Trump.
Maddow began the segment with an otherwise-huge news story that was swiftly forgotten in the frenzied coverage of the pipe bombs being sent to CNN and several prominent Democrats.
Earlier in the week, the FBI arrested the leader of a California-based white nationalist group after he fled the country for Central America. As the host noted, much of the group’s notoriety came from videos of he and his cronies stalking counterprotesters at Trump rallies — all while holding signs bearing the president’s name.
She then noted the headline-grabbing street brawl between members of the extremist Proud Boys group and antifascists in New York City that happened earlier in the month, as well as the subsequent arrests of a number of the group’s members for their role in the fight that NYPD initially allowed to happen without interruption.
Finally, she pointed out that law enforcement recently revealed startling facts about another the pro-Trump, Oregon-based Patriot Prayer group. Last week, Portland police revealed that they found a cache of weapons with members of the group on top of a parking deck close to a planned Patriot Prayer rally that drew thousands of counterprotesters.
“There have always been violent extremist groups on the ragged edge of American politics,” Maddow said. “Anti-abortion extremists who turn to bombs and snipers to kill people to try to get their way, to kill doctors. Left-wing groups in the ’70s who carried out bombings of their own, hijackings, even prison breaks. Puerto Rican groups who shot up the capitol in the 1950s. More modern iterations of the Klan persist to this day.”
But there’s something “different” now, the host noted. As reports revealed, suspected MAGAbomber Cesar Sayoc is a Trump fanatic, going so far as to own thousands of dollars with of clothes emblazoned with the president’s name and face and covering his van in Trumpian memorabilia.
“We are also in a historically unique time in which this particular president and his brand of Trumpism, for lack of a better term, in the Republican Party — it has inspired violent offshoot movements in a way that we haven’t seen other presidents do, ever,” Maddow said.
“Yes, there is always violent extremism in America,” she continued. “We don’t see violent extremist movements springing up to support the sitting president.”
Disney heiress who went undercover to Disneyland ‘livid’ at conditions and pay
Heiress Abigail Disney went to one of her family's resorts to see conditions for workers herself and was disgusted by what she saw.
In comments to Yahoo News podcast "Through Her Eyes," Disney described how she went to Disneyland in California undercover and found that workers at the resort were treated poorly—and underpaid.
"Every single one of these people I talked to were saying, 'I don't know how I can maintain this face of joy and warmth when I have to go home and forage for food in other people's garbage,'" said Disney.
Ex-Peru president wanted for corruption arrested in the US
Former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo was arrested in the United States Tuesday to face extradition to his home country on corruption charges, authorities in the South American nation said.
The 73-year-old is suspected of involvement in the sprawling Odebrecht scandal in which the construction giant paid hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes throughout the continent to secure huge public works contracts.
The Peruvian attorney general's office announced on Twitter that Toledo "was arrested this morning for extradition, in the United States."
Toledo has been formally charged with receiving a $20 million payment from Odebrecht to grant it the tender to build the Interoceanic Highway that links Peru with Brazil.
Comic-Con mines past for future hits on 50th edition
A smorgasbord of sequels, prequels and reunions from "Terminator" to "Game of Thrones" awaits thousands of misty-eyed comic book geeks and sci-fi nerds descending on San Diego this week for the world's largest celebration of pop culture fandom.
The 50th edition of Comic-Con International will see 135,000 cosplayers, bloggers, movie executives and humble fans pile into a sweaty convention center for glimpses of their heroes, in town to promote the next mega-hit films, TV shows and comic books.
This anniversary edition promises to be more nostalgia-laden than most -- among those expected to appear are Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, who will soon reunite on screen for the first time since 1991's "Terminator 2" for Paramount's killer cyborg sequel "Dark Fate."