Violent rhetoric circulates on the pro-Trump internet following FBI search, including from a Jan. 6 rivoltoso

Lock and load,” was one of the top comments on an online forum dedicated to l'ex presidente Donald Trump lunedì sera, soon after it emerged his Florida Mar-a-Lago resort had been perquisito dall'FBI.

Other posts were more explicit, “I’m just going to say it. [Attorney General Merrick] Garland needs to be assassinated. Simple as that.Another user posted, “kill all feds.
Users also encouraged others to post the address of the judge they believe signed off on the search warrant. “I see a rope around his neck,” a comment under a picture of the judge read.
    On the same forum, researchers previously found talk of violence and discussion on how to attack police officers in the weeks leading up to the January 6, 2021, attacco.
      Amid the users on the forum Monday night was a convicted US Capitol rioter.
        One reply to the top-ratedlock and loadpost came from an account with the username bananaguard62 and askedAre we not in a cold civil war at this point?”
        By combing through bananaguard62’s posts, Advance Democracy, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that conducts public-interest investigations, identified Tyler Welsh Slaeker as running the account.
          Slaeker was charged by the Justice Department last summer in connection with the January 6 attacco. Slaeker’s in-laws tipped off the FBI about his presence at the Capitol, secondo le dichiarazioni del tribunale, making him one of the many January 6 rioters who were turned in by family members.
          He was initially charged with four nonviolent misdemeanors, and pleaded guilty in June to one count of entering a restricted building. His sentencing is scheduled for November.
          Notizie NBC was first to report Advance Democracy’s findings on Slaeker. His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
          It can be difficult to distinguish between empty and serious threats of violence online, but it cannot be ignored, said Daniel J. Jones, a former US Senate investigator who led the investigation into the CIA’s use of torture and now runs Advance Democracy, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that conducts public-interest investigations.
          We are seeing conspiratorial rhetoric from elected officials, political leaders, and political entertainers that is fueling calls for real-world violence,” Jones ha detto. “The conspiratorial and divisive rhetoricfrom elected officials and others who should know betteris continuing to undermine our institutions and democracy at an alarming rate.
          A congressional security official told CNN shortly after news of the search warrant broke Monday night, US Capitol Police began discussions about monitoring and planning for potential violent rhetoric.
          Of particular concern is the possibility violence could be directed at members of Congress or other federal law enforcement, the security official said.
          The Capitol Police declined to comment on security plans.
          One post CNN found called for violence against FBI agents. The FBI declined to comment on the post or wider security concerns due to violent rhetoric.
          After the January 6 attacco, alternative social media platforms became more popular among Trump supporters after companies like Facebook and Twitter banned Trump and some other prominent figures who spread election conspiracy theories.
          Those platforms, like Trump’s own Truth Social site, tout themselves as bastions of free speech, with looser rules and moderation. But that can result in the proliferation of violent rhetoric. CNN reported in June how threats against members of the January 6 House select committee circulated on those platforms.
          But talk of violence isn’t exclusive to the more fringe platforms.
          There was a surge in tweets Monday mentioning “guerra civile” — at some points more than one tweet a second, according to a CNN review of data from Dataminr, a service that tracks Twitter activity. While some mentions of “guerra civile” came from Trump critics expressing fear what his supporters might do — uno researcher posted multiple screenshots of Twitter accounts outright calling for civil war.
            Jones, whose group Advance Democracy has been tracking online threats since the FBI raid on Monday, said political leaders posting on their main social media accounts are stoking more violent rhetoric.
            The attack on the Capitol on January 6th showed that we can’t ignore calls for political violence onlineno matter how fringe the theories are behind those calls for violence,” Jones ha detto.

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