GOP Lawmaker Caught Collaborating With Right-Wing Extremists Planning A Mass Shooting
A new report revealed e-mails that show Rep. Matt Shea (R-WA) encouraging an extremist group called Team Rugged to conduct violent acts against Muslims, gays and others he considers enemies of the United States.
E-mails obtained by the Guardian show that Shea was in close contact with Team Rugged in 2016. Team Rugged, The Guardian’s Jason Wilson reports, offered training in “biblical warfare” to young Christian fundamentalist men — and that training included advice on ways in which guns and knives could be used on enemies.
According to the report, Shea was responsible for making videos for the group.
Wilson reported that the interactions between Shea and team Rugged began when the group’s leader, Patrick Cuaghran, messaged Shea.
In one of the e-mails, Team Rugged is described as a way “to provide patriotic and biblical training on war for young men.” Caughran said of Team Rugged, “Everything about it is both politically incorrect and what would be considered shocking truth to most modern Christians.”
According to the report, Caughran appeared to share the same values as members of al-Qaeda, ISIS (Islamic State, Iraq and Syria) or Boko Haram — only instead of promoting a violent Islamist jihad, he is promoting armed training and holy war for fundamentalist Christians.
Caughran, in the e-mail communications with Shea, explained that Team Rugged’s training would show young Christian fundamentalist men “how to work better as a team, both in achieving physically demanding tasks and on the battlefield.” Training, Caughran explained, would include “combatives, the use of a knife in defense, close-quarters shooting with rifle and pistol and how to work effectively in teams of two, three and four.”
You can read the entire report HERE.