For POLITICO Magazine, I looked through the close ties developing between America's militias and U.S. white nationalists:
As the militias cast about for another common foe to rally around, a handful of options presented themselves. Pivoting off of Trump’s campaign, certain militia-members eyed non-white immigrants, trawling the U.S.-Mexico border for illegal migrants. Others began building linkswith some of the foremost anti-Muslim groups across the country. Others yet held out hope for a resurgence of Black Lives Matter; said Pitcavage, militia members are “extremely susceptible to becoming racially inflamed, and they tend to have an outsized and extraordinarily hostile reaction to what they would perceive as aggressiveness on the part of African-Americans.” Case in point: Look at the “security” the all-white Oath Keepers—who said they were trying to protect an employee from conspiracy site InfoWars—provided in Ferguson. Yet BLM has remained remarkably quiet over the past few months.
But as the Trump administration kicked off, a new force thrust itself into the political discourse, and began attracting more and more attention from America’s militias. Antifa, a shortening of antifascist, had existed for decades in Europe and to a lesser extent the U.S., but it burst forth as Trump entered the White House, pledging to oppose what the movement saw as Trump’s cozy relationship with right-wing groups. In cities like Portland and Berkeley, the antifa quickly established that they were willing to use violence if necessary to deny far-right voices a public platform, First Amendment rights be damned. And with that, America’s militias had found their new common enemy. ...
But members of America’s militia movement weren’t the only ones staring down the antifa, or trading punches with them at protests. White nationalists, like the KKK and Nazi groups who converged on Charlottesville, targeted the antifa too. For militia-members uncomfortable with overt white supremacists, however, the “alt-lite”—people like Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec who Trump will occasionally re-tweet—proved more comfortable fellow-travelers.
Elsewhere, I had the pleasure of appearing with Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller on Rhode Island PBS to chat about all manner of Russian relations with the American fringe, from secessionists to white nationalists:
And speaking of white nationalists, here's my debut on Channel 4 UK, discussing the far-right fallout from Charlottesville.