aligned with the NRA and other gunloon groups is losing steam:
Now it has dissolved into a tangle of lawsuits and blame that involves alleged fraud, theft, leadership struggles and even murder.
“As far as the movement, it’s kind of at a stalemate and that’s because of its own undoing,” said Jim Gilchrist, co-founder of the original Minuteman Project, who has been fired and reinstated as head of the group throughout the course of three lawsuits.
Over the years, more than 200 affiliated but independent organizations calling themselves Minutemen arose across the country as part of a loosely organized coalition.
Many of them have disbanded, some no longer run patrols and those that still monitor the border do so with skeletal teams.
Another is the coalition’s attractiveness to white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other radicals, Gilchrist said.
“Some people will use a movement or any cause as a cover to veil their sinister intentions,” he added.
The Minutemen drew in “disenfranchised, mostly white men with guns and also pulled a fringe element of neo-Nazis, openly racist individuals and attention-seekers to its camp areas in the desert,” said Heidi Beirich, research director at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Alabama