You’ll never believe this. Washington State Rep. Matt Shea, a Christian Nationalist best known for his “Biblical Basis for War” manifesto and for proposing the creation of a 51st state just for Christians, is also a horrible horrible person.
A report from the State House shows that Shea is a domestic terrorist, helping a rebel group stage an armed takeover of a U.S. wildlife refuge.
That rebel leader was Ammon Bundy, who led a six-week takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016 that eventually led to one death and dozens of arrests. And supporting him the whole time, behind the scenes, was Shea.
“Representative Shea, as a leader in the Patriot Movement, planned, engaged in and promoted a total of three armed conflicts of political violence against the United States Government in three states outside the state of Washington over a three-year period,” according to the report released Thursday. “In one conflict Representative Shea led covert strategic pre-planning in advance of the conflict.”
The report concluded that Shea, a Spokane Valley Republican first elected in 2008, is closely associated with several armed militias and uses his prominence in the Patriot Movement to dispatch militia members to conflicts with government officials. The Patriot Movement is a loose organization of conservative groups and individuals in mostly rural areas that includes organized militia members and so-called sovereign citizens, who are generally united by deep suspicion and fear of the federal government.
While state Republicans are trying to distance themselves from him, Shea remains in office. He also, as expected, call the report a “sham.”
It’s just the latest reminder that the sort of people who hold a cross while wrapping themselves up in a flag are often the least patriotic, most corrupt people out there. And voters continue giving them the power to destroy the country.
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