Following Trump Verdict, Far-Right Explodes in Rage, Seeks to Undermine Faith in Elections and the Judiciary

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On Thursday, Donald Trump was found guilty on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records. In the hours following, as rage grew among Trump supporters, there were calls for riots and violent retributions. The Global Project Against Hate and Extremism (GPAHE) has documented calls for violence coursing through white supremacist and other extremist movements, while enraged MAGA influencers sowed distrust in our judicial and electoral systems. 

White supremacists took to the web to push violent rhetoric and calls for civil war. Chapters of the misogynistic, racist, street-fighting Proud Boys, whose leadership has been sent to prison for their involvement in the January 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection, made several calls to violence. The Proud Boys Ohio, Proud Boys Columbus, and Proud Boys Toledo chapters simply posted “war.” Proud Boys Columbus posted a song on YouTube called “Get ya Gunz up” advocating for the use of violence and a message saying “any one (sic) else have an insurrection erection?” Proud Boys Long Island issued a call to their supporters, saying “anyone who defends this verdict is guilty of treason!” The Cape Fear Proud Boys, after invoking Trump’s call to the group to “stand back and stand by” during a 2020 presidential debate, wrote “this is far from over, we promise.” The Official South Texas Proud Boys cited a plan, “Operation Free My N**** Trump,” calling for the “most glorious battle of our young hot lives,” which involves “smash[ing] commies, Feds & f*gs…while we storm the gates.”

Shortly after the verdict, Proud Boys Columbus posts a message with a single word: “war” (Source: Telegram)

Online commentators like antisemite Stew Peters and far-right conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich weighed in with violent rhetoric. Peters shared an image of a noose with his 200,000 Telegram subscribers that had “extreme accountability” written on it. He captioned the picture “it’s time.” Cernovich posted on Twitter that “today was a terrorist bomb [that] detonated on our legal system. A September 11th level attack.” Dozens of racist and antisemitic online accounts posted violent messages including “EXECUTE BIDEN FOR TREASON,” “time for us all to start a civil war,” “So what happens now? Riots? Revolution?” and “nothing can stop what is coming.”

Stew Peters posts a picture of a noose captioned “extreme accountability” within minutes of the jury’s decision (Source: Telegram)

It wasn’t just American white supremacists who weighed in. Austrian Martin Sellner, de-facto leader of the Identitarian movement in Europe, called the verdict the result of a “show trial” which “should not have taken place at all” and called the trial “probably the biggest abuse of the legal system in American history!” Canadian Jeremy Mackenzie, a leading figure in the white supremacist Diagolon movement, said the verdict was “the best possible outcome for people who want [America] to get rebooted,” and that “they just revolution-pilled tens of millions of Americans.”

White supremacists weren’t the only ones who erupted in vitriol after the verdict. Several MAGA figures responded swiftly, questioning the legitimacy of the ruling and casting doubt on the judicial system and elections.

Donald Trump Jr., citing the July 11 sentencing date, exclaimed on Truth Social that “they’re not even trying to hide the ELECTION INTERFERENCE!!!!” Similarly, Kari Lake took to Twitter to call the verdict a “shameful political stunt perpetrate (sic) by Joe Biden, the DOJ, their Soros-backed prosecutors and a corrupt judicial system.” Laura Loomer, banned on major social media platforms for hate speech, called the verdict the result of a “sham trial” and a “disgrace to our justice system.” Sean Davis of The Federalist, above a headline calling for a list of democrats to be put in prison, posted on Twitter, “Don’t sow the wind and then act shocked when it comes time to reap the whirlwind.”

Echoing the Proud Boys, former Fox host Tucker Carlson felt that “we’re being pushed into Civil War,” and expressed worries that Trump will “win the election if he’s not killed first,” implying a grand conspiracy to assassinate the former President. Carlson demonized those who believed the verdict was fair, saying “anyone who defends this verdict is a danger to you and your family.” Trump ally Jack Posobiec, on his Telegram channel, posted that “this wasn’t a trial” and demonized the justice system and tried to stoke fear in his followers by calling those involved “unhumans,” and if they’d “do this to Trump, imagine what they’ll do to you and your family.”

Carlson says the verdict “mark[s] the end of the fairest justice system in the world” (Souce: Twitter)

The Heritage Foundation and their allies, responsible for the authoritarian and rights-stripping Project 2025 meant for the “next conservative president,” decried the ruling. Heritage issued a statement responding to the “wrongful conviction in President Donald J. Trump’s trial,” with Heritage President Kevin Roberts claiming “this was a bogus prosecution engineered by President Biden and his weaponized DOJ.” Like others, he claimed the trial was a “political witch hunt” aimed at affecting the election. “Americans everywhere should be outraged at the weaponization of our justice system,” Roberts concluded.

Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA (TPUSA), a supporter of Project 2025, posted a series of messages across social media platforms, including Trump’s Truth Social and Telegram, saying the case was “engineered for years…to bring down Trump, using a rigged law in a rigged courtroom with a rigged jury.” He ended the message ominously, saying “they will lose, and they will pay.” Kirk also called the verdict a “legal assassination.” 

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) said the verdict “is diminishing the American people’s faith in our system of justice itself” and that “the Supreme court should step in.” 

Even far-right world leaders spread rhetoric targeting the American judicial system. Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orbán called on Trump to “keep fighting” and to “let the people make their verdict this November.” Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right party Lega party in Italy, called the trial a “weaponization of the justice system by the left” which in Italy he’s apparently “sadly familiar with.” Nigel Farage, a key Brexit proponent, called the verdict a “disgrace,” and Brazilian Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of the former President Jair Bolsonaro, claimed the conviction was “specifically designed for Trump and exclusively to harm him.” He went on to call the United States a “banana republic, just as occurs in dictatorships that persecute opponents using state tools to give an appearance of democracy.” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, through the Russian news outlet RT, said that the “Trump trial shows that in the US political rivals are being eliminated by all legal and illegal means. This is visible to the whole world with the naked eye.”

Russian news outlet RT attempts to persuade viewers that the trial was meant to “eliminate” “political rivals” (Source: Telegram)

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