“Proud Boys” leader has history as police informant

Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys extremist group, has a past as an informer for federal and local law enforcement, repeatedly working undercover for investigators after he was arrested in 2012, according to a former prosecutor and a transcript of a 2014 federal court proceeding obtained by Reuters.

In the Miami hearing, a federal prosecutor, a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and Tarrio’s own lawyer described his undercover work and said he had helped authorities prosecute more than a dozen people in various cases involving drugs, gambling and human smuggling.

Tarrio, in an interview with Reuters Tuesday, denied working undercover or cooperating in cases against others. “I don’t know any of this,” he said, when asked about the transcript. “I don’t recall any of this.”

Oh, well, then we know it couldn’t be true. Right? I mean Mister Hot-Shit-Fascist couldn’t possibly be working for The Man. He said so. All that other stuff from lawyers, courts, must be made up, eh?

Now, I have to clean all that bullshit off my sneakers.

Death threats are just another part of Trump’s political legacy


Georgia election official calls on Trump to stop inspiring death threats over election

As the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump approaches, federal officials are investigating threats to attack or kill members of Congress. This comes in the wake of the Capitol riot, when a mob stormed the building where members of the House and Senate were preparing to certify the presidential election. Some rioters reportedly threatened the lives of elected officials in both parties…

These threats do not simply reflect increased levels of anger and depravity among individual Americans. Rather, they appear to be evidence of a more systemic use of fear and intimidation in U.S. politics, seeking to force fealty from Republicans and reinforce the authoritarian turn that defined Donald Trump’s leadership.

With the advent of social media and the Trump presidency, however, the risks for public officials have grown substantially. As a professor of human rights and a practitioner of democracy-building and the rule of law, this trend symbolizes the depth of deterioration of democracy in the U.S.

Reasonably calm article befitting reporting from The Conversation. Don’t kid yourself, though. The nutballs who worship Trump are capable of exactly the sort of acts of violence feared by Republicans…and anyone else trying to keep democracy as a reasoned alternative to autocrats and penny-ante fascists like Trump.