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Violent extremist rhetoric surges online after search for Mar-a-Lago

Militants increase after FBI search of Mar-a-Lago

A man identified as Ricky Shiffer by two law enforcement sources was involved in a dispute with law enforcement after he allegedly attempted to break into the FBI's Cincinnati field office on Thursday. Hours before he died in a confrontation, Shiffer appeared to post: On former President Donald Trump's social media platform, TRUTH Social, he expressed his desire to kill a federal agent. 

This post has since been removed by the site's moderators, butappeared shortly after the FBI raided the former president's Mar-a-Lago mansion on Monday.

"If they attack, kill them," the suspect wrote. "Be American, not a steer."

Schiffer was in Washington, D.C. on or about January 6, 2021. Not arrested after attack on. United States Capitol 

These posts are from his Mar-a-Lag resort by the FBI. Phrases like "Civil War" and "Rock and Road" were trending on his Telegram channel, Gab, Reddit and his TheDonald, a popular forum among Trump supporters. Also on the rise - anti-Semitic slurs threaten Florida magistrates. This search warrant signed a search warrant allowing the FBI to search and removeboxes and documents of potentially classified material from the former president's home. 185} .At this point, the amount of rhetoric has not reached the same level seen in the days leading up to the January 6, 2021 Capitol Riot.

The threats ranged from attacks on the FBI and those involved in the incident to calls on  Trump supporters to take up arms against the government. 

"Ballot box, soap box, jury box, ammo box... options are getting limited," wrote one user. "It's time to take up arms and bring down the FBI," wrote another.

"Anger rhetoric exploded across right-wing media and right-wing social media accounts." , Jessica Reeves, editorial director of the Center for Extremism at the Anti-Defamation League, told CBS News. "Most remarkable to us is the uniformity of calls for civil war from quoted, unquoted, extremist and ... 'mainstream' platforms, and from people across the right-wing space.

Reaves continued, "What we're seeing today is a volume and a kind of pitch that we've never seen before... certainly at least 18 months later, probably more.

Far-right platforms, pro-Trump message boards, and Twitter users have threatened a Florida magistrate, giving him his home address and phone number, his name, and a photo of a suspected family member. Share what you think. The threat, first uncovered by Advancing Democracy Inc., a non-profit research group, was also shared on social media channels by the far-right militia group Proud Boys and another militia group, the Three Percenters.

Additionally, the user, when he was an attorney, was accused of representing an employee of the convicted sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, whom a judge had made falsely QAnon-led narrative123} A cabal of pedophiles and Satanists exists and conducts a worldwide sex trafficking operation.

125} The judge's biography page went offline this week after a far-right platform user "exposed" the judge by posting his contact information along with a threatening message. 

Rita Katz, CEO of Site Intelligence Group, which tracks extremists online, is outraged over Trump's false claims about election fraud in 2020. told CBS News that he hasn't fit in among his most loyal supporters. He said levels of online extremism had not yet reached pre-January levels. 6 Anger.

Katz states: "While the agitation and themes of this dangerous discourse are indeed similar to those seen before the January 6th Capitol Riot, they have yet to reach the same volume and prevalence." 

But she ``does not work under the simplistic assumption that there is much more to come and that such an event will not happen again.''

While Republican lawmakers are more muted in their language, extremism experts say the violent rhetoric reflects ideas pervasive on far-right platforms in statements that portray the U.S. government as a "banana republic" or "police state." I point out that there are

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis argued that law enforcement actions in Mar-a-Lago showed "an escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies against the administration's political opponents."

"Failure is not an option."Rep. Paul Gosser tweeted on Monday. "We must destroy the FBI. We must save America. I Support Donald J. Trump."

"Someday things will happen as they always have," wrote Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. "And we will be Nicaragua under Ortega." asked for permission from Attorney General Merrick Garland defended the work of FBI agents and those involved in the case to unseal the search warrant federal agents used to seize documents from Trump.

"The men and women of the FBI and the Department of Justice...are dedicated and patriotic public servants," Garland said. They do so at great personal cost and risk to themselves.

FBI Director Christopher Wray released a statement on Thursday afternoon condemning "violence and intimidation", saying, "A baseless attack on the integrity of the FBI is a violation of the rule of law."

"Every day, I see the men and women of the FBI performing their duties professionally, with rigor, objectivity, and devotion to our mission to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution. We are here,” writes Ray. "I am proud to serve with them."

-- Andy Triay, Rob Legare, and Pat Milton contributed to this post. 

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