Rachel Maddow noted that on the same weekend that white nationalist groups protested LGBTQ events, a power station was shot in the county where one of the events took place.
Rachel #mado “As soon as the local drag show they were protesting started, someone blew up the power station and cut the power to the entire county. Yes, understandably, locals immediately started asking the sheriff if that was the reason .” pic.twitter.com/0yk74Qv6Ia
— Sarah Rhys Jones (@PoliticusSarah) December 6, 2022
So when Moore County, North Carolina, hosted another far-right anti-gay, anti-trans protest this Saturday, someone blew up a power station and cut off the the power of the whole county.
Yes, and understandably, locals immediately started asking the sheriff if that was the cause, if there was a connection. Now, the sheriff has repeatedly said he doesn’t know if the attack on the power station was linked to those anti-gay, anti-trans protests. There really isn’t any indication of that. The sheriff said he was not aware of any motive. There are no suspects, no one has claimed responsibility, and no one has been taken into custody.
Someone is at best a power destroyer. At worst, it’s an act of domestic terror.
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It was no coincidence that the power grid was blown up on the same weekend that anti-government extremists and neo-Nazis showed up to protest in a North Carolina county.
Rachel Maddow didn’t say extremists blew up the power grid because there was no evidence for either claim, but the power grid didn’t blow up until right-wing extremists came along, and then came along.
After 1/6, the right-wing threat did not stop. In fact, it’s gotten worse, and it’s a matter of concern when there’s a lot going on.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a congressional correspondent for the White House Press Fellowship and PoliticusUSA. Jason has a BA in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, specializing in social reform movements.
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