April 7, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson in Media Interviews

PHOENIX, [AZ]--About 40 young people, most armed to the teeth and some wearing red bandanas over their faces, marched in formation on a Phoenix street near a rally for President Donald Trump. While people showing up at Trump rallies with guns is nothing new, there was something markedly different about these guys: They were marching in opposition to Trump and his policies, not in support of the president, as Stephen Lemons, a columnist for the Phoenix New Times, who filmed the Facebook Live video two weeks ago, discovered. The armed protesters Lemons filmed in Phoenix are part of the “Redneck Revolt,” a group that claims it is composed of, and fighting for, the white working class, and that is “putting the ‘red’ back in ‘redneck,’” according to its website. Lemons followed up on his video (which went viral, getting 800,000 views) this week with an interview with one of the “gun-totin’ Lefties,” Beth Payne. Payne said that her group, the Phoenix John Brown Gun Club (named after a white man who advocated in the mid-1800s for an armed takeover of the government in order to end slavery), has members from all walks of society and all political leanings. Groups like the Redneck Revolt are also uniting under a broader banner known as the anti-fascist movement. The concept of “anti-fascism” originated in Europe in the 1920s, and in modern America, groups and individuals who identify with anti-fascism have commonly abbreviated it to “Antifa.” Anti-fascists are generally anti-racism and anti-authoritarian, and self-described Antifa groups have been set up in several U.S. cities, including New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco. Trump’s nationalist agenda and fiery rhetoric has given left-wing militia groups a new focus, said Daryl Johnson, a security expert and former senior analyst with the Department of Homeland Security. “They’re definitely re-energized,” Johnson said. And when leftist protesters start showing up to Trump rallies armed, that’s cause for concern, Johnson said. “You know some of those Trump guys are packing heat too,” he said. View More>>

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