15 Aug 2022

Sharp increase in online extremism after Donald Trump raid

From Morning Report, 7:51 am on 15 August 2022

There has been a sharp increase in online extremism in the US after former president Donald Trump's home in Florida was searched by the FBI for classified documents.

It has already led to one fatality - navy veteran Ricky Shiffer was fatally shot by police after trying to breach an FBI office in Ohio.

He was a frequent post on the right-wing site Truth Social, and claimed to have been part of the group that stormed the US Capitol on January 6.

New York University professor and expert in fascism and authoritarian leaders Ruth Ben-Ghiat spoke to Susie Ferguson.