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MAGA supporters are using violent rhetoric after the news of the indictment of Trump, says a nonprofit.
Messaging board users made threats against lawmakers, with some calling for "civil war," Vice News reported.
The posts were rhetorical, however, and there were no plans to engage in real-life violence, a report found.
Right-wing Trump supporters are indignant and using "violent rhetoric" online after a federal grand jury brought criminal charges against former President Donald Trump.
"We have now reached a war phase," Republican congressman Andy Biggs menacingly tweeted on Friday. "Eye for an eye," said the Arizona Rep.
Rep Clay Higgins from Louisiana, a former police officer, used various military terminology in a tweet objecting to Trump's charges. He said the former president had been "summoned to appear at the Federal Courthouse in Miami on Tuesday, at 3 PM" and called it a "perimeter probe from the oppressors."
Prosecutors allege Trump broke federal law when he took documents — some including top-secret national security information — from the White House to Mar-a-Lago, rather than depositing them with the National Archives.
Trump faces charges over alleged violations of the Espionage Act, conspiring to obstruct justice, and lying to law enforcement, according to the indictment.
Trump himself announced the news on Truth Social, calling the indictment the "Boxes Hoax." He is expected to surrender himself on Tuesday to authorities in Miami.
Numerous far-right Trump supporters on online messaging boards and social media platforms have greeted the news with a vociferous reaction, making specific threats against lawmakers and some calling for "civil war," Vice News reported.
"Perhaps it's time for that Civil War that the damn DemoKKKrats have been trying to start for years now," a member of The Donald, a pro-Trump message board, wrote, per Vice.
The Donald was also previously used to provoke and promote the violence at the Capitol insurrection in 2021, Rolling Stone reported.
Responding to a user's prediction of "civil war" on Thursday, another called it "inevitable," saying a conflict is "right around the corner."
Other users responded even more violently, with one posting, "If they steal the election again, why are we talking about anything but dragging the political elite out of their homes and setting them on fire?" per Rolling Stone.
Advance Democracy Inc., a nonprofit organization, monitored message boards Truth Social 4chan and Patriots.win after the announcement.
"As of June 8, 2023, ADI has identified platform users using violent rhetoric and making threats in response to Trump's indictment, including a post containing threatening language aimed at Attorney General Merrick Garland's family," the nonprofit wrote in the report, according to NBC News.
ADI noted, however, that the posts were rhetorical, and they did not see any plans from the users to engage in real-life violence.
Violent rhetoric from Trump's far-right supporters followed Trump's previous indictment earlier this year. However, the former president had little in-person support when he arrived at the criminal court in New York.
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