Right-wing extremists stage ‘meme war’ to compete for Trump supporters
Boogaloo Bois march around the state Capitol in Richmond, Va., on Jan. 18, 2021. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)Several right-wing Telegram channels have nearly tripled their followings since the Capitol riot, said Alexander Reid Ross, a professor at Portland State University who tracks right-wing groups. “They’re disillusioned, they’re frustrated and abandoning a political approach to an ideological problem,” Ross said of Trump supporters. Trump supporters outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. (Associated Press)This week, Republican Trump supporters registered their own MAGA Patriot Party in San Antonio.latimes.com
Tense Virginia gun rally draws everyone from Proud Boys to Black Panthers — many armed
Among the first to arrive were the Boogaloo Bois, then the white nationalist Proud Boys, the Black Panthers and several Virginia militias. A dozen Boogaloo Bois, wearing signature Hawaiian shirts and patches revealing their alliance with Black Lives Matter, cheered as Black Panthers marched past. The Proud Boys taunted the Boogaloo Bois. Boogaloo Bois armed with weapons and flags rally during lobbying day in Richmond, Va., on Monday. During a brief appearance at the rally, the leader of the Virginia Citizens Defense League said he had no problem with Boogaloo Bois and Proud Boys joining the rally.latimes.com
Same old Browns? Hardly. Cleveland drills Steelers 48-37
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates as he walks off the field following a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in an NFL wild-card playoff football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. The Cleveland Browns overcame all of it. The Browns dismantled the Pittsburgh Steelers 48-37 in the wild-card round Sunday night, picking up the franchise’s first postseason victory in more than a quarter-century and earning a trip to Kansas City next Sunday to face the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs. The kick bounced into the end zone for a touchback and Mayfield calmly took Cleveland 80 yards in six plays. So much for the Browns being the Browns, a winking assessment Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster made about Cleveland in the middle of the week.