Washington State House Rep. Matt Shea has come under fire after a series of chats surfaced where he was caught planning attacks on liberals with right-wing extremists.
According to The Guardian:
‘A Washington state Republican politician took part in private discussions with rightwing figures about carrying out surveillance, “psyops” and even violent attacks on perceived political enemies, according to chat records obtained by the Guardian.
‘State representative Matt Shea, who represents Spokane Valley in the Washington state house, participated in the chats with three other men. All of the men used screen aliases – Shea’s was “Verum Bellator”, Latin for true warrior. The Guardian confirmed the identity of those in the chat by cross-checking phone numbers attached to the Signal accounts.’
The report continues:
‘The chats on the messaging app Signal took place in the days leading up to a supposed “Antifa revolt” on 4 November 2017. Throughout late October, far-right media outlets had been stoking fears of political conflict on the basis of planned peaceful protests by a small leftist group.
‘The men proposed to confront leftists – whom they repeatedly refer to as “communists” and “Antifa” – with a suite of tactics, including violence.’
The chat can be viewed here.
In an open letter published Monday, the Washington State Democratic Party wrote that “Shea crossed the decency line for most Washingtonians years ago with his unethical and vocal support for dangerous right-wing militias, anti-LGBTQ, and racist groups. With this new information about Shea’s participation in planning surveillance and violence against peaceful protesters, has he finally crossed the line for the WA GOP and the House Republicans?”
The letter was prompted by a public call from Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib (D) who stated in a Twitter post Saturday night that Shea should be expelled from the Washington GOP Caucus and that:
‘Obtaining background checks on people for the purpose of planning violence against them is a crime, and even offering to do so is clearly 100% unacceptable in the Legislature.’
I call on House Republicans to do the right thing and eject Matt Shea from their caucus. Obtaining background checks on people for the purpose of planning violence against them is a crime, and even offering to do so is clearly 100% unacceptable in the Legislature. #waleg https://t.co/Fb74iCjOMv
— Cyrus Habib (@cyrushabib) April 20, 2019
Back in 2018, Shea was under FBI investigation after he published a manifesto calling for war against all non-Christians which says that “if they do not yield — kill all males” in order to stop the spread of non-Christian (specifically Muslim) races.
Here’s an interview that we found when researching this man’s psychotic way of thinking. This will give you a good idea of how terrifying he is, and it definitely proves Lt. Gov. Habib’s point above.
If you watched that, he mentions Trump many times and how he is a sympathizer of Shea’s philosophies. You’re probably not surprised by that…
Matt Shea has not yet commented on his actions or the feelings of his state’s government, but we’ll keep you updated as more news comes in.
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