Assessing Extremism in the First 100 Days of the Biden Administration

On January 6, 2021, a pro-Trump rally turned into a violent mob of protesters with the intent of disturbing the United States’ electoral process to formalize Joe Biden as the next president. The four years leading up to this day were a culmination of conspiracy theories, propaganda, and misinformation enabled by the political rhetoric of the Trump administration and extremists who had managed to gain a foothold on mainstream media.

Far From Gone: The Evolution of Extremism in the First 100 Days of the Biden Administration by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation examines the various movements and groups that emerged under former President Donald Trump, and how they have evolved in the first 100 days of the Biden administration. Various topics under the MAGA movement include The Proud Boys, QAnon, and the militia movement. Although members of each were among the most prominent individuals at the Capitol riots, many were not formally attached to a specific group. Most however, shared a common narrative of anti-government ideology and totalitarianism, including election fraud and abuse of pandemic restrictions.

In the first 100 days of the Biden administration, these far-right groups have joined to create a mass movement of anti-government conspiracy, narratives on COVID, and prejudices against people with protected characteristics. This report emphasizes the importance of monitoring these domestic extremist groups, and how their narratives may act as recruitment tools. These findings are hoped to provide stepping stones for further research into these trends.

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