Federal agents have arrested Ethan Nordean, the self-described “sergeant at arms” of Seattle’s chapter of the far-right Proud Boys organization, charging him with helping to lead the mob of rioters who attacked the Capitol on January 6. CNN reports at least 11 people with ties to the Proud Boys have been charged in connection with the Capitol insurrection.
On Wednesday, Canada designated the Proud Boys as a terrorist organization, describing it as a neo-fascist group that engages in political violence. Canadian Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said the Proud Boys “espouse misogynistic, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, and/or white supremacist ideologies.”
Here in the United States, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin convened top military and civilian leaders at the Pentagon Wednesday and ordered them to “stand down” — or pause operations — to allow commanders to root out white supremacy and right-wing extremism in the ranks.