May 25, 2019

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

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.

Between the lines: According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, white supremacist groups are increasing due to fear of demographic shifts that will paint a new picture of race in America: People of color will be in the majority by 2040.

  • As the numbers grow, it's also easier to hide: Through social media, hate groups can “form in dispersed locations” and are able to gather in “more covert" ways, according to SPLC researcher Keegan Hankes.

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Amid racial unrest, a test at the polls

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Eight states plus D.C. are holding primary elections today following a week of intense protests across the country over the brutal police killing of George Floyd.

Why it matters: It's the first major test for voting since the national outcry. Concerns over civil unrest and the police — as well as the coronavirus and expanded absentee voting — could reduce the number of voters showing up in person but heighten tensions for those who do.

Axios-Ipsos poll: America’s big racial divide on police, virus

Data: Ipsos/Axios survey; Note: ±3.2% margin of error; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

A new Axios-Ipsos poll finds that America has a massive racial gulf on each of our twin calamities — trust in police, and fear of the coronavirus.

  • 77% of whites say they trust local police, compared with just 36% of African Americans — one of many measures of a throbbing racial divide in Week 11 of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index, taken the week George Floyd was killed by a white policeman in Minneapolis.
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Updates: George Floyd protests nationwide

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued for a seventh day across the U.S., with President Trump threatening on Monday to deploy the military if the unrest continues.

The latest: Four police officers were struck by gunfire while standing near a line in St Louis on Monday after a peaceful demonstration, Police Chief John Hayden said early Tuesday. They were all taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He said a small group of people had thrown rocks and fireworks at police officers.