President Trump and many of his fellow Republicans would have the American people believe that the only people they should fear are those who have dark skin and come from foreign countries. However, events from this weekend suggest that white American men are the ones we should actually fear the most.
While white supremacists gathered at the “Unite the Right” rally that took place this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, an Oklahoma man attempted to detonate a bomb outside of a bank in Oklahoma City in order to express his hatred for the U.S. government.
On Saturday morning, the FBI arrested 23-year-old Jerry Drake Varnell and charged him with attempted destruction of a building by means of an explosive.
Varnell’s arrest is the result of a months-long undercover investigation by the FBI.
On multiple occasions, Varnell told an undercover agent, who was acting as someone who could help him carry out his plan, that he hated the federal government and admired Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
In one conversation, Varnell told the agent that he believed in the “Three Percenter” ideology. According to The Washington Post, this ideology is a “form of anti-government activism that pledges resistance against the United States government on the belief it has infringed on the Constitution.” The ideology stems from the belief that only three percent of the colonial population participated in the American Revolution, and those who subscribe to it see themselves as the heirs of that three percent.
Varnell also discussed a number of potential government buildings that he wished to blow up, including the Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington, D.C., an IRS building in Maryland, and a Bank of America data center in Texas. He eventually settled on a BancFirst building in Oklahoma City.
He allegedly wanted the following message posted to Facebook after the bombing:
‘What happened in Oklahoma city was not an attack on America, it was retaliation. Retaliation against the freedoms that have been taken away from the American people. It was a wake up call to both the government and the people. An act done to show the government what the people thinks of its actions. It is also a call to arms, to show people that there are still fighters among the American people. The time for revolution is now.’
Undercover agents constructed a fake bomb on Friday night, which Varnell later drove to an alley adjacent to the bank building. After midnight, Varnell attempted twice to detonate the bomb remotely, and he was arrested shortly after.
Watch a news report about Varnell’s arrest in the video below, available via YouTube.
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