FRONTLINE

S2021 E7 | PREVIEW

"American Insurrection" — Trailer

Over the last three years, FRONTLINE has collaborated with ProPublica to investigate the rise of extremism in America. In the aftermath of the assault on the U.S. Capitol, FRONTLINE and ProPublica team up again to examine how far-right groups were emboldened and encouraged by former President Trump and how individuals were radicalized and brought into the political landscape.

AIRED: April 13, 2021 | 0:02:41
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TRANSCRIPT

>> I think about a revolution against the government.

We're past the point of peace.

>> NARRATOR: From Charlottesville...

(rioters shouting)

to the assault on the Capitol.

>> Fight for Trump!

>> One of the darkest days in the history of our nation.

>> We're seeing this country fall apart before our eyes.

>> NARRATOR: How the former president galvanized an army...

>> Who's our president?

>> (Proud Boys chanting): Trump's our president!

>> You've got a guy who's a nationalist

in the most powerful seat in the world.

We can actually win; we can actually

get our views represented.

>> Proud Boys, stand back and stand by.

>> Trump encouraging calls to lock Whitmer up...

>> Lock 'em all up.

>> The far right militias

have felt much more licensed to publicly engage.

>> ...a terror plot to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

>> And so you think the guys were planning to arrest her?

>> It was gonna be a citizen's arrest.

>> Two militia groups who were preparing to kidnap

and possibly kill me.

>> If you don't fight like hell,

you're not gonna have a country anymore.

>> Violent mobs stoked by the words of President Trump

stormed the building.

>> They were hostile, they were venomous,

that their country somehow was being taken away from them.

>> NARRATOR: In the aftermath of the 2020 election,

how these groups have become part

of the American political landscape.

>> What was the roll of the Boog Bois on that day?

>> There were some Boogaloo Bois in the crowd associated with us;

they weren't there for Trump, they were there just to mess

with the federal government one more time.

>> NARRATOR: Over the last several years,

"Frontline" and ProPublica have been reporting

on the rise of hate groups...

>> ...about what you were doing in Charlottesville last year.

>> NARRATOR: ...and their violence.

>> What do you think was going on in this house?

>> They were making bombs.

>> NARRATOR: Now, correspondent A.C. Thompson investigates

the surge of far-right political violence.

>> What do soldiers and Marines bring to the Boogaloo?

>> They bring training and expertise in certain areas.

>> They have decided this is a strategic

initiative for them; there's a real, legitimate fear.

We've got to be vigilant about it.

>> I'm afraid that more innocent civilians

are going to be targeted and actually victimized

by these violent offenders.

Everything that we have predicted has come to fruition,

and it's actually worse.

>> NARRATOR: The first in a series of films

on the rise of extremism around the world.

>> We definitely are the modern militia.

We're the ones crazy enough to actually do something.

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