A Republican primary loser was just arrested for trying to use radioactive material for murder

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Yesterday’s news was dominated by stories about the explosives sent by a would-be assassin or assassins to the homes of prominent Democrats in an apparent right-wing terror attack. Amidst all of the commotion, another strange incident of attempted violence went unnoticed.

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The FBI has arrested a Wisconsin man, charging him with the truly bizarre crime of “trying to buy radioactive material with the intent to kill someone.” Weirder still, the suspect is Jeremy Ryan, a 30-year-old wannabe Republican politician who lost one of his party’s Congressional primaries this past August. He’s accused of trying to buy the dangerous materials off the internet and could face life in prison.

The Daily Beast, which reported on the story, adds that the police department in Madison, Wisconsin confirmed that the suspect is indeed Ryan and that they searched his house. The authorities have not revealed who Ryan is accused of trying to kill.

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Thankfully, no one was hurt but this should serve as a harsh reminder that the greatest threats to this country aren’t coming from south of the border like Trump would like us to believe. No, the real danger is lurking just beneath the veneer of conservative society, as radicalized right-wing nutcases plan to carry out acts of unspeakable violence. Trump and his ilk need to be voted out immediately before they further embolden the worst elements of this country to inflict irreparable damage on their fellow Americans.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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