No, Media Narrative About the 'Boogaloo Bois' Being 'Right Wing' Is Not Correct

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Armed protesters climb on a flipped over police vehicle Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Thousands of people converged on downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and some demonstrators set fire to a police car and threw eggs and wrote graffiti on a police station. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

A lot of media and folks on the left are confused about the “Boogaloo Bois” who they have painted as “right-wing” or white supremacists, and who have been involved at some BLM protests.

But they’ve got that wrong, as the arrest of two of them by the FBI shows.

The Justice Department announced the arrest of two “Boogaloo Bois,” Michael Robert Solomon, 30, and Benjamin Ryan Teeter, 22, with conspiring and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, namely Hamas.

According to the allegations in the criminal complaint and law enforcement affidavit, in early June, the FBI received information about Solomon, Teeter, and other members of the Boogaloo Bois and the Boojahideen through a confidential human source (“CHS”), whom the defendants believed to be a member of Hamas. In audio-recorded conversations, Solomon and Teeter expressed that Hamas shares anti-U.S. government views that align with their own views. Solomon and Teeter also expressed their desire to employ themselves as “mercenaries” for Hamas as a means to generate cash for the Boogaloo Bois/Boojahideen movement, including funding for recruitment and purchasing land for a training compound.

According to the allegations in the criminal complaint and law enforcement affidavit, Solomon and Teeter shared with the CHS, and another individual whom they believed to be a more senior member of Hamas (and who was actually an undercover employee of the FBI), their ideas about destroying government monuments, raiding the headquarters of a white supremacist organization in North Carolina, and targeting politicians and members of the media.


Exactly what “right-wing” person would you ever see allegedly conspire with Hamas?

Doesn’t sound much like they’re white supremacists either if they’re thinking about attacking a white supremacist organization.

According to the DOJ, the Boogaloo are anti-government and often anti-police. Some are about violent uprisings against the government or a civil war. In other words, their central theme seems to be anti-government.

Teeter told CNN in June that he was an anarchist in Minneapolis to protect protesters from police abuse and white supremacists, whom he deplored. “If people are going to initiate deadly force against us, we need to be willing and able to initiate deadly force in return,” Teeter said.

But it is far from a cohesive group, said J.J. MacNab, a fellow at George Washington University who studies anti-government extremism.

“While there are pockets of white supremacist Boogaloos, the younger and bigger groups are generally not,” she said in a recent Twitter thread. “While there are Boogaloos that support police, the younger and bigger groups detest them. While there are Boogaloos that want to discredit protests angry at the murder of a black man, there are younger Boogaloos that are incensed by the murder and want to join the protests.”


Apparently, like Teeter. There are Boogaloos who are actually supporting the BLM.

“I’m a member of the LGBT community,” said Teeter, who describes himself as a non-voting “left anarchist…People think I’m part of a Nazi group; I’m not.” [….]

In Minneapolis, Teeter said, he and others in his group stood sentry with firearms outside of mom-and-pop shops, but in solidarity with the black community in opposition to police brutality.

“We are very careful to make sure that people realize that we are on their side. We are here to defend them … Once people realize that we are on their side and we are here to protect them, everybody has been — almost everybody — has been very happy to have us here.”

So, no, don’t accept this media narrative that’s desperate to find a counter-weight to leftist riots and paint Boogaloo folks as that counter-weight. I have to hand it to the folks at CNN behind the article including Teeter in June, they are actually doing some honest journalism. Unfortunately, many others in the media just push the lazy “right-wing” narrative. Many Boogaloo are as anarchist as the Antifa/BLM folks and protesting/rioting with them. But bottom line, the BLM riots are leftist-driven, they always have been, with the Boogaloo being a minuscule component.



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