Why anti-lockdown protests are a ‘magnet’ for white supremacists and far-right extremists

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Protests over state-mandated social distancing and business closures weren’t started by extremist groups — but white supremacists and those with similar ideologies have seized upon them across the US. According to experts who study extremist groups, anti-lockdown demonstrations fit perfectly into the ideology of white supremacists and other far-right groups, such as sovereignty, rejecting the legitimacy of government, and anti-immigration sentiment. “The anti-lockdown protests are a magnet because they represent so many different things that dovetail so nicely with the pre-existing trends of right-wing and white supremacist extremism,” Dr. Peter Simi told Business Insider. One protest organizer,

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