According to MSNBC host Joy Reid, white nationalists are now openly bragging that they plan to show up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and infiltrate protests in response to the death of George Floyd, who was killed by a police officer who has since been arrested and charged with third degree murder and manslaughter.

On her show Saturday morning, Reid noted:

“We saw uprisings over the Michael Brown killing, we saw it in Baltimore, saw it in New York over Eric Garner. What I’m hearing now is that this is something different.”

In response, Alicia Garcia, who is one of the original Black Lives Matter activist leaders, told Reid:

“I have a few thoughts. Number one, I think it’s important for us to hear what is being said here, especially in relationship to white supremacist forces who certainly have a stake in making sure that the kind of cover of this moment, right, helps to advance an agenda. We’re not unclear that Minnesota, in addition to having some serious issues with law enforcement, also has serious concerns and issues with militias and white nationalist forces.”

Reid then added:

“One of the things said by this whole failing of state officials is that white nationalist groups are posting online that they are going to go to Minneapolis and, quote, ‘get their loot on’ That they are openly threatening to do this.”

Citing Keith Ellison, the Minnesota attorney general, what Reid said next is indeed chilling and suggests there could well be an escalation of violence in Minneapolis:

“We had on the attorney general of the state, Keith Ellison, who talked about one particular incident that I know lots of people have seen on social media. I just want to show this video if we can. This is a video referred to by Keith Ellison, the attorney general, and it is of a man with an umbrella, though it is not raining, wearing a gas mask, breaking windows at a hardware store. He’s followed by protesters who yell at him and continue to film him.

“This is what Keith Ellison referred to as he talked about people from outside the community coming in. The St. Paul mayor said that all of the people arrested last night were from out of state. The governor, Tim Walz, said that overall, of all the people arrested, it’s 80 percent people outside the community.”

Reid also posted this on Twitter:

Could it be that far right groups are indeed trying to ratchet up the violence in order to prompt a response from the federal government, most notably President Donald Trump, who has referred to neo-Nazis and white supremacists as “very fine people”? Only time will tell, but the prospect of such a scenario is indeed terrifying.

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