In her book "Sisters in Hate," author Seyward Darby investigates the roots of white nationalism in America with much-needed rigor, examining what draws people into hate movements — and what makes them leave. In the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Darby's coverage contextualized the overlap between widespread disinformation and the opportunistic ideology of hate. Here's what she had to say about the long roots of the Capitol attack, what it says about American history, and what to do if someone you love gets sucked into the white nationalism-adjacent world of extreme online...
On Fox News Monday, Tucker Carlson took aim at President Joe Biden's Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, trying to portray him as an extremist who is somehow simultaneously both in the pocket of big defense contractors and woke liberals.
"Lloyd Austin is a former defense contractor, not surprisingly," said Carlson. "He's a full-time ideologue as well. Having Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon is like handing control of the entire U.S. military to the editorial page of the New York Times. Here is Lloyd Austin explaining that the single scariest risk our soldiers face is the possibility they might have to serve alongside Americans who didn't vote for Joe Biden."
The problem is, in the clip he played, Austin didn't say anything of the sort.
"If confirmed, I will fight hard to stamp out sexual assault, and to rid our ranks of racists and extremists," said Austin in the segment. In another moment, he said, "The job of the Department of Defense is to keep America safe from our enemies. But we can't do that if some of those enemies lie within our own ranks." At no point did he mention whether troops voted for Biden.
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Right-wing group investigated after being caught bragging about writing voter suppression bill: report
The right-wing group Heritage Action is facing an investigation in Iowa after the group's executive director was caught on tape bragging about writing state voter suppression laws.
"The state board that monitors lobbying of Iowa's executive branch is asking for more information from a national organization that claimed involvement in the writing of a wide-ranging elections bill that recently was passed into law," the Sioux City Journal reported Monday. ""In some cases, we actually draft them for them," she said in the video, "or we have a sentinel on our behalf give them the model legislation so it has that grassroots, from-the-bottom-up type of vibe.""
"In some cases, we actually draft them for them," Jessica Anderson said in the video, "or we have a sentinel on our behalf give them the model legislation so it has that grassroots, from-the-bottom-up type of vibe."
"Iowa Rep. Bobby Kaufmann and Iowa Sen. Roby Smith, the Republicans who oversaw the bill's passage in the Legislature, have denied Heritage Action's claims that the group was involved in the bill's creation," the newspaper reported. "In a letter to Heritage Action, Marshall requested any information regarding any contact the group made with Reynolds' office. Marshall also asked Reynolds' office to check their records for any such contact. Marshall said if any materials show Heritage Action made contact with the governor's office regarding the legislation, the board would at a minimum require Heritage to belatedly register as a lobbyist and file any required reports. The board also could pursue disciplinary action, which could result in fines up to $2,000 for each offense, Marshall said."
Leaked Video: Dark Money Group Is Writing Voter Suppression Laws www.youtube.com
On CNN Monday, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer, a Republican, tore into his party for spreading conspiracy theories that a local elections database was "deleted" — and took aim at the entire exercise of the partisan ballot "audit" being conducted by a private company to help the GOP look for fraud in President Joe Biden's victory in Arizona.
"What more can you tell us about all this?" asked anchor Erin Burnett.
"Just stop indulging this. Stop giving space for lies," said Richer. "We found out about this latest accusation through the Arizona Senate's audit's Twitter account, which is anonymously run, just accusing me and my staff of unlawfully deleting evidence. That's not appropriate. And I called the Senate president and I said, did you want to accuse me of unlawful evidence? She wrote back that she did not have control over these accounts. What's going on and who are these people defaming us? I don't think they are professionals ... it is exhausting having to respond to every insinuation. I have no idea how long this will go on for."
"I don't care about the consequences," Richer added. "This has been a rude awakening to what politics have become. If I am not part of it four years from now, so be it. I can do other things that'll make me happy. I am tired of my people, who are good people, who are my friends, being defamed. It is not right."
Maricopa Recorder Stephen Richer slams GOP lies surrounding vote 'audit' www.youtube.com
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