In Forks, Washington, a multi-racial family of four was harassed by armed locals, who believed they represented an antifa incursion. The family had arrived in town on a camping trip, traveling in a full-sized school bus. Local police say they were confronted by “seven or eight carloads” of people, who aggressively questioned them about their antifa connections. When the family attempted to drive off, locals felled trees across the roadway to prevent them from escaping. They were only able to leave after a group of students intervened.
The Associated Press has catalogued at least five separate rural counties where locals have warned of imminent attacks, although none of the rumors have been substantiated. Notably, the rumors are often tailored to a specific local region, a “hyperlocal” approach sometime used to boost the spread of misinformation on social media platforms.
Source: ‘Antifa bus’ hoaxes are spreading panic through small-town America – The Verge
In total, we have archived 140 incidents involving at least 157 journalists and we will be continuing to track and locate these incidents for as long as they continue to happen, updating our map periodically. To give you perspective on just how enormous this number really is, the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker tracked 150 press freedom violations for the whole of 2019. The incidents in these protests have almost surpassed the 2019 numbers in a week.
Source: bellingcat – Visualizing Police Violence Against Journalists At Protests Across The U.S – bellingcat
Bowser pushed back on Trump’s remarks later Saturday morning in a series of tweets and during a press conference, saying D.C. police officers were “were doing their jobs from the start” and were assisting Secret Service “like we have done literally dozens of times in Lafayette Park.”
The Washington Post and CNN both reported that D.C. police were on hand on Friday night, along with other law enforcement agencies, as officers pushed back on protesters in Lafayette Park. The Secret Service later confirmed that D.C. police officers were on scene at the protest.
Source: Trump swipes at DC mayor, accuses police of refusing to help at White House protest | TheHill
Reviewing police reports and court records, ABC News found that in at least 12 cases perpetrators hailed Trump in the midst or immediate aftermath of physically assaulting innocent victims. In another 18 cases, perpetrators cheered or defended Trump while taunting or threatening others. And in another 10 cases, Trump and his rhetoric were cited in court to explain a defendant’s violent or threatening behavior.
Source: ‘No Blame?’ ABC News finds 54 cases invoking ‘Trump’ in connection with violence, threats, alleged assaults. – ABC News
Mike Pompeo said while he was not aware of the detail of Victoria’s agreement, he warned it could impact his nation’s Five Eyes intelligence-sharing partnership with Australia.
Source: Mike Pompeo warns US could ‘disconnect’ from Australia over Victoria’s Belt and Road deal – ABC News
Let’s be clear; this entire theory is a diversion, a predictable move from the Trump political playbook.
When the daily media cycle is going against them, it’s often easily upended with an inflammatory tweet or outrageous press conference.
Source: Donald Trump’s cries about ‘Obamagate’ are a ploy to distract the media from the coronavirus – ABC News
The two groups behind the “operation gridlock” rally in Michigan on Wednesday have ties to the Republican party and the Trump administration. The Michigan Freedom Fund, which said it was a co-host of the rally, has received more than $500,000 from the DeVos family, regular donors to rightwing groups. The other host, the Michigan Conservative Coalition, was founded by Matt Maddock, now a Republican member of the state house of representatives. The MCC also operates under the name Michigan Trump Republicans, and in January held an event featuring several members of the Trump campaign.
Source: Thousands of Americans backed by rightwing donors gear up for protests | US news | The Guardian
As Army Green Berets move to confront new threats in the Sahel, the Pentagon is reducing the number of helicopters available for casualty evacuation flights.