"'Unite the Right”'is expected to draw a broad spectrum of far-right extremist groups – from immigration foes to anti-Semitic bigots, neo-Confederates, Proud Boys, Patriot and militia types, outlaw bikers, swastika-wearing neo-Nazis, white nationalists and Ku Klux Klan members – all of whom seem emboldened by the Trump presidency."
This reminds me of what was happening in Spokane, WA and Couer d'Alene, Idaho when the Aryan Nations group marched and had rallies, used loud speakers thundering out their message. throughout the towns and neighborhoods. They spread their fliers, had mass mailings, and held yearly parades in Downtown Coeur d'Alene. They wore German style Nazi uniforms and used the Nazi salute to the swastika flag.
Aryan Nations is a white supremacist religious organization originally based in Hayden, Idaho.Their leader was "Pastor" Richard Bulter who formed the Aryan Nations. He was a Christian and called his church the Church of Jesus Christ–Christian. His ideology was a mixture of Christian Identity and Nazism. They built a compound on 20 acres in Hayden Lake, Idaho.
The Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations formed to counter act the movement. Spokane citizens formed parades at the same times and dates of the Nazi parades and we always had more participants than the Aryan Nations.
July 1, 1998, Victoria Keenan and her son Jason, returning from a wedding, stopped their car on the dirt road outside the infamous Aryan Nations compound in northern Idaho. Three Aryan Nations security guards jumped into a pickup truck and chased them. They fired rifle shots repeatedly eventually shooting out a tire and forcing their car into a ditch. A guard grabbed Keenan by her hair, jabbed her ribs with a rifle butt, and put a gun to her head.They pleaded for their lives. Another car approached and the guards stepped back, gave a ``Heil Hitler'' salute and drove off.
The Keenan's successfully sued Butler. A local attorney and Southern Poverty Law Center attorney Morris Dees represented them. The Keenans's won a civil judgment of $6.3 million from Butler and the Aryan Nations armed men who attacked them.
Bankrupted, The Aryan Nations compound was auctioned off and all the buildings burned in a firefighters' training drill, or were torn down.
I know this sounds like a bad movie, but it actually happened. Know and understand our history, it has lessons to teach us.