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Last Saturday's mass shooting at Club Q, an LBGTQ-friendly bar in Colorado Springs, Colorado, came as a shock, but not a surprise, to people who monitor extremism. Meanwhile, Twitter 鈥 days after restoring extremists to its pages 鈥 banned the account of an anti-fascist pro-gun collective that has been protecting similar LGBTQ events from those who mean them harm. And in Hawaii, two Native Hawaiian men are convicted of hate crimes for a racially motivated attack on a white man.
It's the week in extremism:
EXPERTS FORESAW CLUB Q ATTACK
The mass shooting at Club Q, a longtime haven for the LGBTQ community in Colorado Springs, came after more than a year and a half of escalating rhetoric against the LGBTQ community from the far-right. The attack, in which five people were killed and 17 injured, follows a longstanding pattern, where the country's extremist far-right fringe latches on to hysterical coverage from conservative media and politicians against a minority group, often with fatal consequences.
MORE: Club Q attack no surprise for extremism experts who saw decades-old pattern
鈥 鈥淎ny community that is considered a threat to the way of life of the population is then targeted as a group to be stopped,鈥 Marilyn Mayo, a senior research fellow at the Anti-Defamation League鈥檚 Center on Extremism told USA TODAY. 鈥淭hat, in turn, leads people to marginalize that group and then act.鈥
鈥 While the motive of the attack had still not been outlined by authorities Thursday, the alleged assailant had previously told their family they "wanted to be the next mass shooter," according to arrest documents from an incident last year.
鈥 According to the suspect's attorneys, the suspect identifies as nonbinary and uses "they" and "them" as pronouns. Experts said that should make no difference in whether the incident is charged as a hate crime.
TWITTER BANS ACCOUNT CALLING FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE TO ARM THEMSELVES
A lot has been going on on Twitter. Former President Donald Trump's account was reinstated and, members of the Proud Boys have flooded the platform seemingly without challenge. Every day seems to bring a new controversy.
And while new owner Elon Musk has made waves by reinstating accounts that had previously been suspended, there's at least one longtime account that was newly suspended Tuesday: the Elm Fork John Brown Gun Club.
The group has made headlines for appearing, while armed, to stand guard at LGBTQ events in Texas because those events have been increasingly threatened by far-right extremists. But a tweet after the Club Q shooting apparently led Twitter to shutter the group's account.
鈥 The gun club gained national headlines this summer when members showed up, dressed all in black and bearing pride flags and ribbons, to protect an all-ages drag brunch in Roanoke, Texas.
鈥 On Twitter, a backup account for the club shared a screenshot showing the tweets the main account was suspended for. One reads "Every queer a riflethem," an apparent urging for LGBTQ people to arm themselves in defense of attacks, and perhaps a play on the Marine Corps catchphrase "Every Marine a rifleman" 鈥 but with inclusive pronouns.
鈥 The tweet violates Twitter's rules against hateful conduct, according to the company response posted by the group. The tweet was posted two days after the attack on Club Q.
鈥 As of Thursday, the account was still suspended.
HATE CRIME CONVICTION IN HAWAII
Two men of Native Hawaiian descent were convicted of hate crimes in a 2014 attack on a white man in the remote village of Kahakuloa on the island of Maui, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday. The attack occurred after Christopher Kunzelman was attacked while working on a house he had just purchased in the village.
鈥 鈥淭he defendants in this case committed a gruesome attack on the victim because of his race,鈥 Assistant Director Luis Quesada of the FBI鈥檚 Criminal Investigative Division said in a statement. 鈥淭he FBI and our law enforcement partners will work to bring to justice anyone who uses threats and violence to intimidate any individual because of racial bias.鈥
鈥 A jury found the men guilty last week. Sentencing in the case will be on March 2, 2023. The charge on which the two men were convicted carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
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President Joe Biden on Monday asked Congress to intervene and block a railroad strike before next month鈥檚 deadline in the stalled contract talks, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said lawmakers would take up legislation this week to impose the deal that unions agreed to in September.
鈥淟et me be clear: a rail shutdown would devastate our economy,鈥 Biden said in a statement. 鈥淲ithout freight rail, many U.S. industries would shut down.鈥
In a statement, Pelosi said: 鈥淲e are reluctant to bypass the standard ratification process for the Tentative Agreement 鈥 but we must act to prevent a catastrophic nationwide rail strike, which would grind our economy to a halt.鈥
Pelosi said the House would not change the terms of the September agreement, which would challenge the Senate to approve the House bill without changes.
The September agreement that Biden and Pelosi are calling for is a slight improvement over what the board of arbitrators recommended in the summer. The September agreement added three unpaid days off a year for engineers and conductors to tend to medical appointments as long as they scheduled them at least 30 days in advance. The railroads also promised in September not to penalize workers who are hospitalized and to negotiate further with the unions after the contract is approved about improving the regular scheduling of days off.
Hundreds of business groups had been urging Congress and the President to step into the deadlocked contract talk and prevent a strike.
Both the unions and railroads have been lobbying Congress while contract talks continue. If Congress acts, it will end talks between the railroads and four rail unions that rejected their deals Biden helped broker before the original strike deadline in September. Eight other unions have approved their five-year deals with the railroads and are in the process of getting back pay for their workers for the 24% raises that are retroactive to 2020.
If Congress does what Biden suggests and imposes terms similar to what was agreed on in September, that will end the union鈥檚 push to add paid sick time. The four unions that have rejected their deals have been pressing for the railroads to add that benefit to help address workers鈥 quality of life concerns, but the railroads had refused to consider that.
Biden said that as a 鈥渁 proud pro-labor president鈥 he was reluctant to override the views of people who voted against the agreement. 鈥淏ut in this case 鈥 where the economic impact of a shutdown would hurt millions of other working people and families 鈥 I believe Congress must use its powers to adopt this deal.鈥
Biden鈥檚 remarks and Pelosi鈥檚 statement came after a coalition of more than 400 business groups sent a letter to congressional leaders Monday urging them to step into the stalled talks because of fears about the devastating potential impact of a strike that could force many businesses to shut down if they can鈥檛 get the rail deliveries they need. Commuter railroads and Amtrak would also be affected in a strike because many of them use tracks owned by the freight railroads.
The business groups led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers and National Retail Federation said even a short-term strike would have a tremendous impact and the economic pain would start to be felt even before the Dec. 9 strike deadline. They said the railroads would stop hauling hazardous chemicals, fertilizers and perishable goods up to a week beforehand to keep those products from being stranded somewhere along the tracks.
鈥淎 potential rail strike only adds to the headwinds facing the U.S. economy,鈥 the businesses wrote. 鈥淎 rail stoppage would immediately lead to supply shortages and higher prices. The cessation of Amtrak and commuter rail services would disrupt up to 7 million travelers a day. Many businesses would see their sales disrupted right in the middle of the critical holiday shopping season.鈥
A similar group of businesses sent another letter to Biden last month urging him to play a more active role in resolving the contract dispute.
On Monday, the Association of American Railroads trade group praised Biden鈥檚 action.
鈥淣o one benefits from a rail work stoppage 鈥 not our customers, not rail employees and not the American economy,鈥 said AAR President and CEO Ian Jefferies. 鈥淣ow is the appropriate time for Congress to pass legislation to implement the agreements already ratified by eight of the twelve unions.鈥
Business groups that have been pushing for Congress to settle this contract dispute praised Biden鈥檚 move.
鈥淭he Biden administration鈥檚 endorsement of congressional intervention affirms what America鈥檚 food, beverage, household and personal care manufacturers have been saying: Freight rail operations cannot shut down and imperil the availability and affordability of consumers鈥 everyday essentials,鈥 said Tom Madrecki, vice president of supply chain for the Consumer Brands Association. 鈥淭he consequences to consumers if a strike were to occur are too serious, especially amid continued supply chain challenges and disruptions.鈥
Clark Ballew, a spokesman for the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division, which represents track maintenance workers, said before Biden鈥檚 announcement that the union was 鈥渉eaded to D.C. this week to meet with lawmakers on the Hill from both parties. We have instructed our members to contact their federal lawmakers in the House and Senate for several weeks now.鈥
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce鈥檚 Neil Bradley said Biden was correct in advocating for the deal already reached. 鈥淐ongress must do what it has done 18 times before: intervene against a national rail strike,鈥 Bradley said in a statement, and he called Congress enforcing the deal agreed to by railroads and union leaders the 鈥渙nly path to avoid crippling strike.鈥
The railroads, which include Union Pacific, BNSF, Norfolk Southern, CSX and Kansas City Southern, wanted any deal to closely follow the recommendations a special board of arbitrators that Biden appointed made this summer that called for the 24% raises and $5,000 in bonuses but didn鈥檛 resolve workers鈥 concerns about demanding schedules that make it hard to take a day off and other working conditions. That鈥檚 what Biden is calling on Congress to impose.
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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell wants more power within the Republican Party: he's officially running to chair the Republican National Committee.
Lindell announced his run on Monday morning during fellow Trump ally Steve Bannon's "War Room" podcast.
"With all my due diligence and in prayer, I am 100% running for RNC chairman against Ronna McDaniel," Lindell said. "It's going to change real fast. We're going to get our country right, really quick."
Lindell said he has spoken to RNC donors and state officials, and obtained their support.
He added that he was looking to move the Republican Party toward backing candidates like Kari Lake and Mark Finchem 鈥 Trump-backed individuals who have consistently made baseless claims about the 2020 election.
"The RNC collects money and then they don't do anything with election crime," Lindell told Bannon, once again echoing false claims about widespread voter fraud.
Speaking to Insider after his announcement, Lindell said the first item on his to-do list is calling all 168 members of the RNC to find out what the biggest problem is with the organization.
It is unclear how successful Lindell's bid for the position will be. McDaniel, the current RNC chair, has been endorsed by a majority of the RNC's voting members 鈥 101 in total 鈥 who signed on to a letter endorsing her re-election, The Hill reported.
Former President Donald Trump, Lindell's longtime ally, hasn't yet publicly supported his bid against McDaniel. Lindell told Insider that he hasn't spoken to Trump about the matter yet.
A spokesman for Trump did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
Lindell and McDaniel are not on the best of terms. Their feud goes back to November 2021, when Lindell accused McDaniel and the RNC of working to prevent him from filing a complaint to the Supreme Court. That complaint contained over 70 pages of unsupported accusations that widespread voter fraud in states including Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.
During his November 2021 live stream, Lindell accused the RNC of calling state attorneys general and pressuring them to not sign his complaint. He also slammed McDaniel for publicly admitting that month that President Joe Biden beat Trump. An RNC spokesperson told Insider that Lindell's allegations are completely false in response to a request for comment.
As for McDaniel, she has signaled that she plans to run for another term as RNC chair, per Politico. And the right-wing pillow CEO might not be her only challenger. New York GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin, who lost his gubernatorial race this month, is considering a run too, Politico reported.
If Lindell were to win the RNC election during the committee's winter meeting in January 2023, that would mean control of a major political committee 鈥 one that, essentially, shapes the GOP's platform 鈥 will be under the control of a fringe MAGA figure.
Representatives for McDaniel did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment on Lindell's bid.
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