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Far-right extremists went mainstream under Trump. The Capitol attack cements his legacy.

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With former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial now over, much of the world is ready to move on from the violent insurrection at the Capitol to COVID vaccine distribution, another economic relief package, and the doings of the new Biden administration. But those responsible for tracking, understanding and defeating far-right violent extremists will be thinking about the Jan. 6 attack for decades to come.

To understand why, it’s important to recognize the scope of the threat posed by the various far-right radical groups in the United States. For a variety of reasons, the government doesn’t have good data on the numbers of violent extremists. Cynthia Miller Idriss, an academic expert on radicalization and extremism in the United States, offers a range in her book, “Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right.” 



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