A report published on Saturday by the Guardian alleges that Washington state representative and Republican Matt Shea participated in private discussions with members of the alt-right about implementing surveillance, "psyops," and violent measures on who they perceive to be political enemies.
Chat records indicate that the politician who represents Spokane Valley took part in chats with three other men. The participants included far-right radio show Radio Free Redoubt broadcaster Jack Robertson and former Yakima County Sheriff Candidate Anthony Bosworth, who has been under fire in the past for allegedly choking and dragging his 17-year-old daughter by the hair in a driving school parking lot.
The last participant revealed the chat records to the Guardian, and he wishes for his identity to remain anonymous due to personal safety concerns. The newspaper confirmed the identity of the identity of Shea, whose alias was "Verum Bellator," meaning "true warrior" in Latin, by cross-referencing the phone numbers linked to the accounts on the messaging platform, Signal.
The conversations took place in the weeks leading up to what members of the far-right believed to be an "Antifa civil war" on November 4, 2017. Ultra-conservative conspiracy theorists had been spreading false rumors of a violent revolt from leftist organization Antifa in late October because a group of peaceful leftist organizations planned nonviolent protests that day.
The men discussed fighting the “communists” and “Antifa” with a variety of surveillance and violent tactics.
“When we locate antifa members we can confront their parents their workplaces their landlords. We can hit them in there safe spaces,” Bosworth said.
Discussing a specific woman to monitor, Robertson said, “Fist full of hair, and face slam, to a Jersey barrier. Treat em like communist revolutionaries. Then shave her bald with a K-Bar USMC field knife.”
Shea volunteered to run background checks on behalf of other members of the group. He said, “Ok. What BG checks need to be done. Give me the list.”
There was no violent revolution on November 4, and Shea blamed the weather, not his own conspiracy theories, for the outcome.
“Nothing ruins a good communist revolution like snow,” he said. “Snowflakes afraid of snowflakes.”