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Far-right Trump backers weaponized Christianity against democracy and could do it again

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In the waning days of  2020, I came face to face with the white supremacist hate that fueled the deadly mob attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 — and that poses the biggest security challenge to President Joe Biden. 

One day in November, a stranger jumped in front of me on the street. “We are the Proud Boys,” he shouted as he pounded his chest, used the N-word, screamed profanities and threatened to kill me. He had the fire of hatred in his eyes that made it clear there was no room for reasoned conversation or calm discussion.  

I recognized him as my attacker from a picture law enforcement officials showed me weeks later, after he was apprehended by authorities. When they arrested Eduard Florea, they found knives, more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition — and an explicit threat to assassinate newly elected Sen. Raphael Warnock, a Black religious leader from Georgia who has been a student and trustee at my own Union Theological Seminary. The FBI filed federal charges, and the New York Police Department has my report on file. 



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