THIS tweet, from @DavidNeiwert. But I'd add another key element - Trump doesn't necessarily want unsupervised militia running amok. That's why extensive contacts between the Trump campaign, back in '016, and the renegade county sheriffs of the CSPOA are crucial to know about...
Back in late '016 when I noticed the developing pattern, it was still assumed that Hillary Clinton would win. I thought Trump would harness the energies of the militias, organized under CSPOA, to paralyze the new Clinton administration - under the banner of a "stolen election
...that would have suited Trump quite well - wielding vast, disruptive influence, commanding national attention with zero responsibility. From the Russian vantage point, the possibilities extended to a breakup of the US federal government. And, in fact, Trump had in early '016
...met with William S. Lind, whose 2014 novel "Victoria : A Novel of 4th Generation War" depicts a (mostly white) Christian militia overthrow of the federal government and a breakup of the US into various regional powers. That scenario tracks a prediction made back in '08... Russian government insider Igor Panarin ( as published in the Wall Street Journal… ). Panarin - whose background was in Soviet intelligence - argued "that an economic and moral collapse will trigger a civil war and the eventual breakup of the U.S."
Now, one of Lind's works, his 2009 book "The Next Conservatism" (co-authored with Paul Weyrich) was circulated (multiple copies) within the Trump campaign. One of the very distinctive ideas in the book was that local militias "might report to county sheriffs... (p.105)
the alleged justification for such a scheme was that "Our security has been shattered" (P.104). On the very next page, Lind cites a transcendent threat - "We are being invaded. In a world of Fourth Generation War, invasion by immigrants who do nor assimilate is more dangerous..
"...than invasion by a foreign army. At some point, a foreign army will go home. But immigrants stay, and unassimilated immigrants provide an ongoing base for Fourth Generation war here in America. Our grandchildren may have to fight that war, and if they do, they will curse us..
"...for the folly of leaving our borders open." (P.106) But then, Lind subtly shifts the argument. The 4GW conflict gets fought in the realm of culture - "The cultural Marxists want open borders because one way to destroy our traditional American culture is to bury it under...
"...tens of millions of immigrants from alien cultures." On the next page falls the hammer - "The Democrats want open borders because most of them are cultural Marxists." (P.107). Now, every big immigrant group that's come to the U.S. has indeed assimilated...
There's no reason to think Hispanics or Muslims (the two targeted, demonized immigrant groups du jour) won't assimilate. But will they change the culture ? Of COURSE they will (Taco trucks on every corner, and so on). And is that bad? Lind's thinking is basically paranoid...
It assumes, based on no good evidence or historical precedent, a transcendent threat to national identity. OK - now back to the sheriffs & militias. Back in '016 one particular fringe right radio show became a revolving door for appearances by major Trump campaign surrogates...
Why would top Trump campaign people bother to appear on a radio show broadcast by only one big station and about a dozen small ones nationally ? It made no sense, these were people continually on Fox. But as it happens, that radio show was hosted by a top leader of the CSPOA...
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