Biden warns U.S. faces powerful threat from anti-democratic forces (MAGAts)

Biden, in prime-time address, says Trump and “MAGA Republicans” are mounting a dangerous attack on the country’s values, and Americans must fight back.

President Biden delivered a forceful address Thursday on what he called a dangerous assault on American democracy, warning that “too much of what’s happening in our country today is not normal” as “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.”

Washington Post

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The former president’s activity on his social network, Truth Social, openly promotes far-right and conspiratorial ideas that are usually confined to corners of the internet.

NY Times

House staffers urge senators to convict Trump in impeachment trial

Dozens of House staffers are banding together to urge senators to convict former President Trump in his impeachment trial, arguing he was directly responsible for inciting the riot at the U.S. Capitol.

The letter:

“On January 6th, 2021, our workplace was attacked by a violent mob trying to stop the electoral college vote count. That mob was incited by ex-president Donald J. Trump and his political allies, some of whom we pass every day in the hallways at work,” a draft of the letter states.

The letter goes on to describe how staffers “hid behind chairs and under desks or barricaded ourselves in offices” as the mob stormed the building.

“Others watched on TV and frantically tried to reach bosses and colleagues as they fled for their lives.”

The Hill

White Supremacist Arrested. Found with Stockpile of Guns and Pipe Bombs. Wanted to Attack Democrats, California Governor’s Office, Facebook, Twitter.

Arrested: Ian Benjamin Rogers, Napa County, California.

Officers seized a total of 49 firearms from ROGERS’s home and business, and approximately two dozen ammunition boxes containing thousands of rounds of ammunition. Several of the firearms, including what appears to be a kit-built replica MG-42 belt-fed machine gun, appear to be capable of firing fully automatic. Also seized: 5 pipe bombs and a “White Privilege” card.

Also found: manuals, including The Anarchist Cookbook, U.S. Army Improvised Munitions Handbook, Homemade C-4 A Recipe for Survival, U.S. Army Special Forces Guide to Unconventional Warfare, and a U.S. Army Guerrilla Warfare Handbook.

His text messages included: “I want to blow up a democrat building bad”. “The democrats need to pay”

Read the FBI agent’s affidavit here.

DHS Warns of Domestic Violent Extremists (DVE) and Homegrown Violent Extremists (HVEs)

DHS remains concerned that Homegrown Violent Extremists (HVEs) inspired by foreign terrorist groups, who committed three attacks targeting government officials in 2020, remain a threat.

Threats of violence against critical infrastructure, including the electric, telecommunications and healthcare sectors, increased in 2020 with violent extremists citing misinformation and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 for their actions.  

DHS.gov