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Fri Nov 8, 2019, 08:35 AM

Secret chats involving Republican lawmaker reveal fresh evidence of plots and paranoia

Secret chats involving Republican lawmaker reveal fresh evidence of plots and paranoia
Messages from network involving Matt Shea provide insight into ‘patriot movement’ – and the extent of their conspiracy thinking
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/08/matt-shea-republican-far-right-leaked-chats-washington-state?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX0d1YXJkaWFuVG9kYXlVUy0xOTExMDg%3D&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GuardianTodayUS&CMP=GTUS_email

Leaked Signal messages from an online chat network around six-term Washington state Republican representative Matt Shea show new evidence of violent fantasies, surveillance of perceived adversaries, conspiracy thinking, Islamophobia, and support for white nationalists.

The messages from the chat group, exchanged between October 2017 and October 2018, show Shea’s network includes other serving, former and aspiring rightwing politicians from Idaho and Washington, alongside activists associated with militia groups, anti-environmental causes, and pro-gun activism.

They also show participants, including Shea, preparing for economic and societal collapse even as they campaign for the secession of eastern Washington from the remainder of the state.

The messages provide a rare insight into the inner workings – and paranoia – of the so-called patriot movement, whose members have participated in standoffs with the federal government in Nevada and Oregon, and whose far-right beliefs have been controversially promoted by Shea.

Lindsay Schubiner, a program director at the progressive Western States Center, said of the chats: “The chat messages reveal Shea acting more like a militia leader than an elected official. His conspiratorial and violent mindset are on full display. If it was not already clear, Shea has demonstrated that he is unfit for public office. Now it’s time for his colleagues in the Washington house of representatives to hold him accountable.”

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Fri Nov 8, 2019, 08:55 AM

1. Kick him out!

Get rid of these traitorous assholes.

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Fri Nov 8, 2019, 02:12 PM

3. The pride of Spokane.

Capitol of the Inland Empire, home of Rachel Dolezal, birthplace of Bing Crosby, right next door to the Racist Compounds of Northern Idaho.

I never get why Whipipo in the whitest part of a whiter than white state (where I live) even bother with White Supremacy.

NO ONE IS THREATENING YOU, BRO.

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