Right-wing extremism rooted in rural Kansas

Decades of long-festering grievances in the rural Midwest have fueled sometimes-violent actions against the government. The Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol was just the latest example.


State News

July 7, 2021 - 10:00 AM

Protesters storm the U.S. Capitol and halt a joint session of the 117th Congress on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Photo by (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

GARDEN CITY — Patrick Stein was bitter. Battles with drugs and the failure of his business in the 2008 recession had derailed his life.

He fumed at the federal government for not doing more to help people like him while immigrants flooded in around him in Garden City.

He went to Washington, D.C., seeking a bailout like the banks and auto companies were getting but left humiliated when members of Congress from Kansas ignored him.

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