Asked at yesterday’s presidential debate if he would condemn white supremacist violence by groups like the Proud Boys, President Trump was defiant, remarking: “Almost everything I see is from the left-wing, not the right-wing.”
That very same day, the FBI issued an intelligence report warning of an imminent “violent extremist threat” posed by a far-right militia that includes white supremacists—identifying the 2021 inauguration as a “potential flashpoint.”
The intelligence report titled “Boogaloo Adherents Likely Increasing Anti-Government Violent Rhetoric and Activities, Increasing Domestic Violent Extremist Threat in the FBI Dallas Area of Responsibility,” warns of the threat posed by the far-right militia group known as the “Boogaloos.”
Marked “For Official Use Only” and “Law Enforcement Sensitive,” the document was prepared by the FBI’s Dallas Field Office and is dated September 30, 2020.
It draws on a wide array of intelligence sources, making specific mention of human sources—suggesting the Bureau may have confidential informants within the group.
The document points to several catalysts for the rise in the group’s membership, including resentment over perceived government overreach embodied by the COVID-19 shutdown and the presidential election.