Capitol Insurrection Has Roots in Extremist Antigovernment Groups in California and West

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Supporters of US President Donald Trump riot inside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. (Photo: Roberto Schmidt/AFP)

The day before last week’s assault on the U.S. Capitol by violent insurrectionists, an angry, pro-Trump, anti-mask crowd threatened violence at a Shasta County Board of Supervisors meeting. West Coast states voted solidly for Joe Biden, but California, Oregon and Washington have plenty of extremist groups promoting anti government rhetoric and ideas. We'll examine the history and ideology of those groups and the role they played in last week’s deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol.


A.C. Thompson, reporter, ProPublica, and FRONTLINE correspondent, His investigation of the white supremacist groups involved in the Charlottesville rally is featured in the Frontline documentary "Documenting Hate: Charlottesville"

Carl Segerstrom, assistant editor, High Country News

Hailey Branson-Potts, staff writer, Los Angeles Times

Scott Rodd, reporter, Capital Public Radio