RightWing Sheriffs believe they can TRUMP state and federal government

• The Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) is an anti-government extremist group whose primary purpose is to recruit sheriffs into the anti-government “patriot” movement.

• CSPOA is led by Richard Mack, a former Arizona sheriff who gained celebrity on the right in the 1990s after suing to overturn a prominent gun control measure, the Brady Law, especially after the Supreme Court ruled largely in his favor.

• The central tenet of CSPOA, borrowed from the anti-government extremist sovereign citizen movement, is that the county sheriff is the ultimate authority in the county, able to halt enforcement of any federal or state law or measure they deem unconstitutional.

• Mack primarily marketed this (false) claim as a way to oppose gun control measures, but in 2020-21, he has also used it to exploit anger and frustration over federal and state measures to combat Covid-19.

RTFA. In fact, there are a couple of in-depth analyses of these blivets and their rightwing drivel. Roughly equivalent in ideology and membership to comparable proto-fascist organizations ranging from the John Birch Society to the KKK.

2 thoughts on “RightWing Sheriffs believe they can TRUMP state and federal government

  1. Tinder says:

    The leader of a U.S. Forest Service crew conducting a prescribed burn in the Malheur National Forest on Oregon was arrested by Grant County Sheriff Todd McKinley Wednesday on charges of reckless burning after the fire spread across a containment line onto private land.
    Reportedly the portion of the fire on private land was contained in about an hour.
    The extraordinary arrest potentially reignites longstanding tensions between rural Oregon Sheriffs and the federal government. Some sheriffs in the state have long sided with ranchers and rural communities in challenging the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management’s rights to control national forests. Several sheriffs, including McKinley’s predecessor Glenn Palmer, have frequently espoused extreme, anti-government rhetoric and escalated conflicts.
    The Forest Service developed a complicated relationship with prescribed burns this summer when two got out of control in New Mexico, sparking a 341,000-acre inferno, destroying hundreds of homes and displacing thousands.
    Grant County District Attorney Jim Carpenter issued a press release Thursday evening stating that he would make a decision on whether to formally file charges after the sheriff’s investigation is finished.

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