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“Steven Gardiner, a scholar at the progressive think tank Political Research Associates, told The Guardian on Friday that ‘the militias will absolutely seize on’ Trump’s comments.”

“ ‘The possibility of armed factions with military-style rifles showing up at polling places is very troubling,’ Gardiner added.”

“Gardiner told The Guardian that ‘the relationship between the militias and the current administration is call and response.’”

“ ‘It’s not always clear who’s leading the chant,’ he added. ‘Sometimes it’s coming from the militias, sometimes it’s coming from the president.’”

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