Authorities Fear Extremist Challenge Could Last Years

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Even if  right-wing protesters pull back from the threat of violence in coming days, the threat from Trump-inspired extremism likely will grow. “It has begun to shift from ‘We are going to win this’ to ‘This fight is going to be a long one,’ ” said Rita Katz of the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist groups. “The prevalent consensus across the movements involved in or supporting the Capitol siege is that they will keep pushing forward.”

President Donald Trump’s incitement of his supporters before their attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6 has galvanized a nationwide extremist movement determined to disrupt the transfer of power to President-elect Joe Biden and violently challenge the legitimacy of the election for months and possibly years, officials and experts tell the Washington Post. Authorities are monitoring online calls to rally in cities nationwide beginning Sunday, as police remain on alert for violence at state capitols, as well as a possible second attack on the Capitol or the White House.  New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham declared a state of emergency, saying it was “reasonable to believe” rioters “will endanger the safety of legislators, legislative staff and the general public as well as destroy public and historic infrastructure.” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said, “There are people … who want to turn peaceful protests into opportunities for violence.” He called up 400 National Guard troops and closed state offices in Columbus until Jan. 21. FBI Director Christopher Wray cited “an extensive amount of concerning online chatter” about events surrounding the inauguration. Some events planned by pro-Trump supporters in Washington and state capitals were cancelled out of fear they were organized by federal authorities as “false flag” operations to trap them.

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