“The Turner Diaries” imagines coup in U.S., Wednesday It Nearly Happened

1978 novel "The Turner Diaries," an underground revolutionary group of self-proclaimed patriots known as "the Organization" atta
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In the 1978 novel "The Turner Diaries," an underground revolutionary group of self-proclaimed patriots known as "the Organization" attacks the U.S. Capitol.

A car bombing of FBI headquarters kills hundreds. In "The Day of the Rope," members of "the Organization" publicly hang members of Congress, journalists and others they deem traitors.

The goal, of course: to overthrow a federal government they believe is engaged in a vast elitist conspiracy.

When historian and author Kathleen Belew watched a white mob of Trump supporters attack the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, leaving five people dead, she immediately thought of the novel, partly because others have thought about it, too: the white supremacists who stormed the Capitol and the law enforcement agencies who monitor them.

The FBI has called "The Turner Diaries" "the bible of the racist right."

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