For far-right militant groups, Election Day is more than the moment America chooses its next president. It has become a rallying cry to prepare for a far-flung prophecy of impending civil war.
Chatter that began among these groups over the summer, primarily over the BLM protests, the presence of Antifa and coronavirus restrictions, has taken a darker turn.
Fueled by allegations of mail-in ballot fraud, a new spate of racial justice protests in places like Philadelphia, and paranoia over further coronavirus restrictions, some militias have begun doomsday prepping for Election Day.
Anticipation runs throughout groups’ chatter, driven by ramblings of potential leftist violence on far-right blogs by conservative cable news personalities.
Some groups, like the Oath Keepers, which recruits from police and military veterans, and Patriot Front, which recruits and trains white supremacist extremists, have been telling their followers to prepare for war against violent, rioting leftists on election day.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies found far-right extremists were behind two-thirds of reported terrorist plots and attacks in the U.S. this year. And a recent Department of Homeland Security threat assessment warned white supremacist extremists are the “most persistent and lethal threat in the homeland.”