I found this video that shows an extremist group known as the Proud Boys clashing with police in Salem, Oregon. Like many Trump supporters, the Proud Boys were not happy about Trump losing the 2020 election so they arranged a rally in Salem. However, because they were armed and Trump’s seditious rhetoric was firing up the Proud Boys, the police were deployed to disperse the crowd.
I am glad that these extremists were quelled and put back in their box. They and groups like them are threatening to destroy our democracy. We have come so close to a dictatorship, but prevented that by beating Trump in the election. However, we still have to deal with his chaotic legacy, which will plague us for years to come.
The FBI and other law-enforcement agencies predicted that right-wing extremists like the Proud Boys would become a serious threat to the country if they were not dealt with. Examples include Kyle Rittenhouse murdering two people during the Kenosha protests and the 2020 boogaloo killings. These are only a few of many examples of right-wing terrorism that has been committed in just the past year. The probability is high that more examples will continue unless these extremists are put back in their box.
This development was pretty much inevitable regardless of the election outcome. If Trump won, they would feel emboldened. If Trump lost, they would feel cheated. Clearly, what we are experiencing throughout the country is the latter. These groups desperately need to be broken out of their “Trump is God” mentality before they cause more damage. One of Joe Biden’s main challenges will be finding a way to put the genie back in the bottle.