Alex Jones, Oath Keepers: Breaking down the week in American extremism – USA TODAY

I cover extremism at USA TODAY. The beat that can take me to dark corners of the internet, court hearings for the Jan. 6 riot or street protests anywhere in the United States.
Every week, we’re learning about new developments and revelations that paint a clearer picture of the extremist groups, and mindsets, affecting life in America. And every week there are new snippets of extremist news that warrant attention.
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This week, the world had its eyes on the high-profile legal case against conspiracy-theory broadcaster Alex Jones. We’re also monitoring the trial of Oath Keeper Stewart Rhodes. And one extremism research group has new data on how these ideas could hinder voters. 
Alex Jones on the stand, told to pay up: The Infowars founder and conspiracy monger took the stand in a defamation trial in Austin, Texas, with often explosive results. Jones, who is accused of defaming the family of a boy killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, was admonished several times by the judge. “This is not your show,” she told him.
Poll: Voters of color are concerned about violence, intimidation at the polls: Almost a third of Americans fear a violent attack on Election Day or voter intimidation, and a minority of Black and Hispanic voters feel safe at polling places, according to a new poll published Thursday by the Global Project on Hate and Extremism.
The poll showed just 28% of Black voters and 37% of Hispanic voters feel safe at polling or voting places. Black and Hispanic respondents also expressed elevated concerns about extremist groups, terrorism and mass shootings. Read the full study here.
Judge refuses to move Oath Keepers’ trial date: Stewart Rhodes, founder of the extremist militia group the Oath Keepers, along with 10 other Oath Keepers, faces 17 criminal counts, including a seditious conspiracy charge in relation to the Jan. 6 riot. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
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