Far-right sites exploded with violent threats against migrants after stunt robbery
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis addresses supporters. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Far-right forums have violently threatened the migrants Florida Governor Ron DeSantis flew from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard last week.
After the governor’s publicity stunt to push his anti-immigration policy, lawyers for the 48 Venezuelan migrants told a judge on Wednesday that their clients were facing death threats due to media attention.
Lawyers have not revealed where these death threats came from, but new research shared exclusively with VICE News shows that these threats come from the same far-right platforms that recently threatened FBI agents and a judge linked to the search for the former president. Donald Trump’s house in Mar-a-Lago.
Members of the pro-Trump message board TheDonald, a QAnon-focused forum known as Great Awakening, and users of the hate-filled /pol/ message board of 4chan, all made explicit and violent threats against the migrants hours later. that DeSantis sent the planes to Martha’s Vineyard on Sept. 14, according to research by Advance Democracy, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that conducts public interest investigations.
“Instead of sending migrants to blue states, I would offer to lead them to a barren field, give them shovels and tell them to start digging,” wrote an anonymous poster known as henri_derelicte on TheDonald, under an article on the relocation of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard: “Once they have dug a trench deep enough, gunmen come and shoot them. The bodies are dissolved and burned, then the trench is covered. Rinse and repeat.
Some users have made multiple threats on the same forum.
“You fucking idiots are letting more illegals into our country permanently. Just kill them at this point, it would actually deter them,” a user known as CoolasCucumber wrote on September 15 on TheDonald. An hour later, the same user wrote, “Just kill the illegals. Especially repeat offenders. »
A day later, responding to an article about calls for a Justice Department investigation into the thefts, CoolasCucumber wrote, “Let’s stop the foreplay and go to war.
On 4chan, the discussion featured some members of the infamous “politically incorrect” council /pol/ discussing “shooting them at the fucking border”. When an anonymous user asked “who is going to shoot them…a private citizen cannot commit extrajudicial executions”, another user replied offering his services: “Already experienced in the art of putting 855 [bullets] through subhuman skulls.
Threats on 4chan also extended to those trying to help migrants. “Shoot the guys from the NGOs who are also accompanying them. Right in their fucking head,” one user wrote.
Other users slammed DeSantis’ stunt, calling it “counterproductive” and suggesting that instead the Texas Rangers should “roughly shoot any immigrants they find in the back of the head. , send them back over the border and call it a day”.
Another 4chan user responded, writing, “Kill them all. Including women and children. Go out. You shouldn’t have come here.
A member of /pol/ suggested that the migrant issue would lead to a civil war and described his plan to target local Democrats.
“We will see a civilian [war] because the left will never back down from its plan to destroy America,” they wrote. “Just wake me up when filming starts. I already have a list of every Democrat for miles and enough rope for them and their families.
According to a brochure given to migrants that was published Monday by the Popular Information newsletter.
But the threats aimed at migrants mirror those made against officials who have spoken out about DeSantis’ stunt: Massachusetts State Representative Dylan Fernandes, who called DeSantis’ action “fucking depraved,” faced a flood of death threats. “You should see my inbox right now and how ugly it is,” Fernandes told Greater Boston this week, adding that law enforcement has been notified of the threats. His colleague, Senator Julian Cyr, said he too had received death threats.
Lawyers from the Lawyers for Civil Rights group, which represents migrants, have also faced threats following the filing of a lawsuit alleging that DeSantis and other state officials concocted a “scheme to defrauding vulnerable immigrants to advance a political motive”.
In Texas, where the theft originated, a sheriff who announced Monday he was opening an investigation into the thefts is also facing threats.
The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office told VICE News in an email that “there have been numerous threats, an influx of calls to our dispatch and administrative offices, as well as hateful emails received. since the announcement of the investigation.