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“According to Cloee Cooper, Watts and his fellow “constitutional sheriffs” belong to the far-right Patriot Movement – a broad coalition that includes militias like the Oath Keepers and Three Percenters. She says the name of the sheriff’s group is designed to mislead people.”

“ ‘It sounds like a benign group,’ Cooper said. ‘But in fact, they are upholding a very skewed interpretation of the Constitution that is, unfortunately, rooted in white supremacy.’”

“Cooper began following the sheriffs’ group four years ago for Political Research Associates, a social justice think tank. She points out that the group’s founder, former sheriff Richard Mack, was a board member with the Oath Keepers – and got their help setting up his own organization.”

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