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'Calling it payback shows it's premeditated': Unite the Right organizers go on trial for planning violence

The orgy of fascist violence that exploded in Charlottesville, Va. during the event known as Unite the Right on Aug. 11-12, 2017 provided a shocking manifestation of the polarization, division and scapegoating projected by Donald Trump during his ascent to power.

It's been more than four years since white supremacists led a torchlit march to the Rotunda at the University of Virginia, surrounding counter-protesters whom they kicked, punched and struck with torches, while local officials and visiting faith leaders huddled in fear in a nearby church on Aug 11. The following morning, they marched through the streets of Charlottesville chanting, "Jews will not replace us," charged through a group of clergy members, and fought pitched battles in the streets with antifascist counter-protesters. After Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared the rally an "unlawful gathering" they brutally beat a young, Black man named DeAndre Harris with sticks in a parking garage, and a man named James A. Fields Jr. accelerated his car into a crowd of marchers, killing Heather Heyer and injuring dozens of others. Unite the Right is widely acknowledged as the largest gathering of hate groups in decades.

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The private security force surrounding Michael Flynn was on the ground at the Capitol on Jan. 6

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Donald Trump's former national security advisor who was convicted of lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador and subsequently pardoned, emerged as one of the most high-profile inspirational figures in the effort to keep Trump in office, which culminated with the attack on the US Capitol on Jan. 6.

Flynn's private security force, a group called 1st Amendment Praetorian that was launched less than two months before the Nov. 3 election, played a key role trafficking propaganda to convince Trump's supporters that the election was stolen. The group also fielded members on the ground in Washington DC on Jan. 6, and then helped promote the revisionist falsehood that the assault on the Capitol was "staged," as insurrection apologists sought to whitewash the attempted coup.

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Trump didn't want to build golf course in Africa because he feared getting mauled by lions: Woodward

Peril, the new book by reporters Robert Costa and Bob Woodward, has revealed a slew of bizarre anecdotes about former President Donald Trump and his life post-presidency.

One detail in Peril described Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Trump playing golf with Gary Player, an 85-year-old South African winner of major tournaments.

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Kevin McCarthy called out Trump for leaking news of his groveling pilgrimage to Mar-a-Lago: Woodward

In the new book Peril, by Robert Costa and Bob Woodward, Donald Trump was so desperate for media attention that he leaked that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was crawling back to him.

When McCarthy arrived at Mar-a-Lago in late January, Trump met him with the question, "Hey, did you leak this lunch?"

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GOP colleagues avoid mentioning Trump during meetings with Mike Pence: Woodward book

After losing the 2020 election, former Vice President Mike Pence set up his office in Virginia. While he may have purchased a $1.93 million dollar house in Carmel, Indiana, the reality is that he's spending a lot of time just outside of Washington, D.C.

In the new book Peril by the Washington Post's Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Pence is described as holding court with Republican lawmakers. "Trying to be in the game for 2024," the book claims. Earlier this year, Pence only scored 1 percent in the CPAC straw poll.

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'You've changed': Kevin McCarthy confronted Trump during phone call over his election loss

Bob Woodward and Robert Costa's new book Peril, available Tuesday, revealed a bizarre final moment after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol but before former President Donald Trump left the White House.

It was after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) made a panicked call to Trump as his congressional office was being destroyed by the insurrectionists. Trump notoriously told McCarthy, "Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are."

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Trump supporters seek to recast MAGA as nonviolent at rally honoring Jan 6 rioters

Addressing a much smaller crowd than the thousands of Trump supporters who streamed to the US Capitol on Jan. 6, Matt Braynard, the little-known political consultant behind the "Justice for J6" rally, deflected against far-right detractors whose warnings about federal entrapment likely dampened turnout for the event.

"This is what terrifies them — a peaceful assembly of the America First right," Braynard thundered.

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The Jan. 6 defendants in jail awaiting trial are not non-violent offenders whose only crime is trespassing in the Capitol

Matt Braynard, the organizer of tomorrow's "Justice for J6" rally at the US Capitol, has said the event will highlight the supposedly unfair treatment "nonviolent offenders" and "political prisoners" facing charges related to the Jan. 6 assault on the US Capitol "who've been held in solitary confinement" and denied bail.

In a video promoting the event, he has described the prosecution of the Capitol rioters as a "grave violation of the civil rights of hundreds of fellow Americans."

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MAGA influencer Genevieve Peters cheered on the Proud Boys and a man who went on to mace DC police

To liberal America, Genevieve Peters became an object of national scorn when she livestreamed herself refusing to wear a mask in a Trader Joe's store in Rancho Palo Verdes, Calif. in May 2020, causing a clerk to call the police— an early example of defiance against COVID restrictions that has long since lost its novelty, but was then worthy of mention in the New York Times.

To many others, Peters was a hero with a growing social-media profile. The Trader Joe's incident helped cement her position as a prominent social media influencer who helped coalesce the burgeoning far-right subculture in southern California that drew together anti-lockdown resentment with fanatical MAGA loyalty, interwoven with enforcement muscle from Trump's violent followers, the Proud Boys.

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