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Published 18 August 2022

·  Online Violent Extremist Rhetoric Soars After Mar-A-Lago Search

·  Since The Mar-A-Lago Raid, Extremists Have Flooded Mainstream Sites Like TikTok, Twitter, and YouTube to Preach Pro-Trump Violence

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Online Violent Extremist Rhetoric Soars After Mar-A-Lago Search  (Jacob Rosen and Nicole Sganga, CBS News)
Hours before a man identified by two law enforcement sources as Ricky Shiffer died in standoff with law enforcement after he allegedly attempted to breach the FBI’s Cincinnati field office on Thursday, Shiffer appeared to post on former President Donald Trump’s social media platform Truth Social to express his desire to kill federal agents.  The post, which has since been removed by the site’s moderators, appeared shortly after the FBI searched the former president’s Mar-a-Lago residence on Monday. “When they come for you, kill them,” the suspect wrote. “Be an American, not a steer.” Shiffer was in Washington, D.C., on or around Jan. 6, 2021, though he was not arrested following the attack on the U.S. Capitol.  The posts represent a tiny fraction of violent extremist content flooding far-right message boards and social media platforms in the wake of the FBI’s search of the Mar-a-Lago resort. Phrases including “civil war” and “lock and load” trended across Telegram channels, Gab, Reddit and TheDonald, a popular forum among Trump supporters. Also rising are antisemitic slurs threatening the Florida magistrate judge who signed the search warrant enabling the FBI to search for and remove boxes and documents of potentially classified material from the former president’s home.

Since The Mar-A-Lago Raid, Extremists Have Flooded Mainstream Sites Like TikTok, Twitter, and YouTube to Preach Pro-Trump Violence  (Laura Italiano, Business Insider)
A woman wearing a red, white, and blue beach hat faces the camera and begins speaking. “Good morning, TikTok. Nothing funny about this post,” she warns. Her voice quavering with emotion, she then promises, “I will go out in a blaze of glory” rather than let President Joe Biden invoke martial law (something he has not threatened to do) and come after “conservatives and people trying to save America.” “She’s just in tears over this,” extremism expert Wendy Via told Insider of the video, which was posted from a now-inactive account the day after the Mar-a-Lago raid.