Right-Wing “Patriot” Group Sends Armed Security To Keep US Marshals From Arresting Kim Davis

Oath Keepers members patrol near Medford, Oregon in April 2015. Image via Reuters

Oath Keepers members patrol near Medford, Oregon in April 2015.
Image via Reuters

It seems like the Kentucky media and political circus surrounding Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis just doesn’t want to end, and every right-wing political candidate or organization is determined to get their moment in the spotlight with her. Just today, Rick Santorum praised her and compared her to Martin Luther King Jr. during a radio interview.

Back on Tuesday, Mike Huckabee’s staffer physically blocked Ted Cruz from getting on stage at a rally Huckabee’s campaign held for Kim Davis, because Ted Cruz wanted to claim part of the attention for himself.

Now, Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes has announced that he is sending armed members of his anti-government group to Kentucky to keep U.S. Marshals from arresting Kim Davis, if Judge Bunning orders her back to jail for failing to comply with court orders.

Via Right Wing Watch:

In a phone call with Jackson County, Kentucky, Sheriff Denny Peyman and other local Oath Keepers activists, Rhodes said that he was on his way to Kentucky to help with the Davis operation. Although the group had originally intended to picket outside the home of the judge who held Davis in contempt, he said, they had changed their plan when she was released on Tuesday.

Rhodes said that the Rowan County sheriff should have blocked U.S. Marshals from detaining Davis, but since neither the sheriff nor the state’s governor will do their “job” and “intercede” on behalf of Davis, the Oath Keepers will have to do it instead. “As far as we’re concerned, this is not over,” he said, “and this judge needs to be put on notice that his behavior is not going to be accepted and we’ll be there to stop it and intercede ourselves if we have to. If the sheriff, who should be interceding, is not going to do his job and the governor is not going to do the governor’s job of interceding, then we’ll do it.” (Source)

If you’re not familiar with Oath Keepers, they’re an organization that claims to support the Constitution, and they can usually be found in areas where they can get media attention by standing around dressed in camouflage and holding assault rifles. Many are former or even current members of the military and law enforcement agencies, which are the very people the group tries to recruit to further their anti-government agenda. That is kind of unnerving when you think about it.

The group was founded in March 2009 by Stewart Rhodes, a former staffer for Ron Paul, who is revered by many anti-government groups like Oath Keepers. It’s also no coincidence that the group which previously faced off against federal agents during the Cliven Bundy ranch incident was founded shortly after President Obama’s inauguration.

“In reality, though, the group’s lofty mission statement hides a far-right, anti-government ideology and a strong dose of race-based paranoia. Stewart Rhodes, the founder of Oath Keepers, promotes the kind of wild conspiracy theories that have thrived since the election of Barack Obama as president, including the idea that Obama is trying to provoke a race war as an excuse for declaring martial law and discarding the Constitution.” (Source)

You know, because this group is totally not about racism, even though they made a point of showing up in Ferguson to “provide security” – despite law enforcement saying their presence was not needed and would only make things worse. Now they’re prepared to face off with U.S. Marshals should Kim Davis refuse to comply with the judge’s orders again, because (14th Amendment be damned) they think that this woman has the constitutional right to impose her religious beliefs on others.

The fact that some individuals are willing to engage in an armed showdown with law enforcement to shield a religious bigot from justice shows just how determined (and desperate for attention) the right-wing is to keep shoving their beliefs down our throats.


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