Donald Trump may have inspired the worst, most racist elements of American society to step out of the shadows, but luckily the rule of law still stands between some of them and the rest of us.
Today, three white men in a right-wing militia group were convicted in Kansas of planning to murder a group of Muslim refugees living in a local apartment complex, reports HuffPost.
The now-convicted criminals Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright, and Curtis Allen were found guilty of possessing weapons of mass destruction and conspiring against civil rights and could now face life in prison.
The attorneys defending the violent bigots tried to argue that the FBI unfairly targeted the men for hate speech protected under the First Amendment. The bureau’s undercover agent successfully infiltrated the group and determined that the men weren’t simply engaging in hate speech and that they intended to take violent action.
Another undercover officer also posed as an arms dealer who interacted with the three men and engaged in their Islamaphobic rhetoric, adding further evidence to the state’s case.
“The fucking cockroaches in this country have to go, period. They are the fucking problem in this country right now. They are the threat in this country right now,” said Stein on recordings taped by the undercover FBI agent.
The would-be killers were also recorded planning their attack, reviewing areas on Google Maps that had high densities of Muslim residents. They eventually decided to go after an apartment building housing Somali Muslims and also planned to attack their local mosque.
The men, who were avid Trump supporters and referred to him as “The Man,” wanted to execute their plans after the 2016 election so as to not negatively affect his chances of winning.
They intended to use explosives that they had managed to gradually stockpile and hoped to detonate them during a call to prayer at the place of worship because their targets would be “packed in like sardines” and the bombs would make “Jello out of their insides.” Luckily, their plans were foiled by diligent law enforcement officers, but it’s terrifying to realize that men like this are out there and emboldened by our vile president.
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