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Two individuals, supporters of former President Donald Trump, were arrested for allegedly plotting to blow up the Democratic Party headquarters in Sacramento, California.
The domestic terrorism case would have been motivated by the dissatisfaction of supporters with the victory of President Joe Biden.
Five days before the presidential inauguration on January 20, the suspects reportedly were fine-tuning details of the attack. On that date, the Department of Justice arrested one of the two defendants who accumulated a large arsenal of explosives.
A case of domestic terrorism
According to CNN, the detainee, identified as Ian Benjamin Rogers, 45, of Napa, is a a regular sympathizer of white supremacism and the former president.
In text messages that are part of the test from authorities, Rogers said he understood that could be labeled a domestic terrorist.
The man the defendant contacted was identified as Jarrod Copeland, 37, of Vallejo. Copeland was arrested in Sacramento this week, according to the Justice Department.
In January, Rogers told Copeland, “I really want to blow up a Democratic building.”
“Plan of attack,” replied the other.
Mysterious Coded Messages Held by the FBI
In encrypted messages, the duo talk about “war” following the inauguration ceremony of the Biden Administration.
The pair also discussed the possibility of attacking George Soros, a millionaire donor who supports liberal causes. They also mentioned actions against Twitter for having removed the former Republican president from the social network.
“I hope that 45 will go to war, if it does not, I will,” shared Rogers as quoted by the network.
The long-term goal of the communications, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), was to encourage violent sentiment against the government so that other opponents would carry out similar actions at the national level.
The men face charges of conspiracy to destroy a building in use with fire or explosives or disrupt interstate commerce.
Articles and messages in favor of white supremacism
Investigators further discovered that Rogers had a card that read “all trumps white privilege,” as well as other references to the mogul.
In his vehicle there were also a sticker in support of “Three Percenters”, promilicia organization of the American extreme right.
Rifles owned by Copeland, a travel bag with a helmet, elbow and knee pads, ammunition magazines, zip-lock or disposable handcuffs, and anabolic steroids were also found in authorities’ searches.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.