In the wake of the storming of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters, divisions are growing among some of the various far-right groups who participated, according to a new report from The New York Times.
Groups such as the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, and the white nationalist Groypers are seeing shakeups within their ranks, driven in part by the large numbers of arrests that have swept up members as law enforcement agencies continue their investigations into the events of Jan. 6.
"What you are seeing right now is a regrouping phase," said Devin Burghart of the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights. "They are trying to reassess their strengths, trying to find new foot soldiers and trying to prepare for the next conflict."
Within the Groypers, leadership is arguing over whether continued activities is putting members at risk of arrest. Within the Proud Boys, the revelation that its leader was once an informant for the FBI has the thrown the group's future into question.
According to Daryl Johnson, who has studied the Three Percenters and other paramilitary groups, the divisions could actually make the threat of far-right extremism in the U.S. much more dangerous.
"When these groups get disrupted by law enforcement, all it does is scatter the rats," he said. "It does not get rid of the rodent problem."
Read the full report over at The New York Times.