White supremacy, far-right politics spike in the Pacific Northwest

In this image, Martin Sellner stands and speaks into a microphone.
Austrian law enforcement is investigating claims that the Christchurch shooter donated money to Martin Sellner's Identitarian Movement. Photo: Askin Kiyagan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

White supremacists and far-right extremists are taking back their historic stronghold in the Pacific Northwest, the AP reports — and some local Republicans are endorsing the reinvigorated far-right sentiments.

The latest: The Kootenai County Republican Central Committee in Idaho passed a resolution last month urging the federal government to allow Martin Sellner, a leading white nationalist figure, into the U.S. — at the behest of Brittany Pettibone, a far-right conspiracy theorist.

Charlottesville schools closed over race-based online threats

Statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on UVA's campus
The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee led to clashes among protesters in August 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Public schools in Charlottesville, Virginia, closed Thursday and Friday after reports of racially based online threats, per ABC News.

Details: Police arrested a 17-year-old in connection to the hostile statements, who allegedly posted intimidating remarks on "ethnic cleansing" on 4Chan, an anonymous message board, Buzzfeed reports. Police received alerts on Wednesday and the minor will be charged with a felony and one misdemeanor.