New members are joining and some are leaving – as right-wing groups reorganize, scholars of the movement foresee increased polarization, with a risk of more violence.
Ostensibly protesting an election they may have thought was stolen, their actions fed a larger set of goals that American militants are seizing upon to take more extreme action.
Mimicking other groups and making false claims of responsibility are popular deception tactics used in terrorism.
Are the conditions ripe in the US for violence before, during or after the presidential election?
The increasing visibility of a wide range of militia and vigilante groups has repeatedly caught local communities and national leaders off guard.
Some militia members see political unrest as an opportunity to wrest power from an overbearing federal government. But others support strict enforcement of law and order.
The boogaloos, a far-right community, have taken to wearing Hawaiian shirts. This co-option is far from the spirit of the shirt, which signifies respect for all animated or inanimate beings.
Legally designating domestic extremist groups as terrorist organizations – as some in the US advocate now – will have limited benefits, if any at all.