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Melissa Ryan

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Boston, MA, United States

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Past articles by Melissa:

The Enemy Within

State and local Republican parties have been taken over by white supremacists, conspiracy mongers, and insurrectionists. → Read More

Let’s Talk About Parler. Parler is back online this week after a…

Parler is back online this week after a post-coup hiatus when Amazon stopped allowing the platform to use their web servers and both Apple and Google removed Parler from their app stores. Parler has… → Read More

Running on Racism: Far-Right Congressional Candidates in the 2020 Elections, and Those Who Lean That Way

Since the earliest days of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has emboldened white nationalists, conspiracy-mongers, militia groups, and other far-right extremists to step out from the shadows and into the mainstream. These bad political actors … → Read More

The Triumph of Their Will

White nationalists are building political power from within the Republican Party. → Read More

Disinformation, Coronavirus, and the 2020 Presidential Election

In the 2016 presidential campaign, a robust disinformation effort fueled by Russia’s intelligence agencies provided a new turn in the narrative of United States politics. Now, as the 2020 presidential election approaches in a nation … → Read More

Anti-Muslim Provocateur Laura Loomer a Likely Pick in Republican Primary to Represent Trump's District in Congress

Far-right provocateur Laura Loomer is on the ballot today in the Republican primary race to represent Florida’s 21st District in Congress. Loomer leads the race in fundraising and may even win, raising the profile of … → Read More

It's Getting Harder To Tell The Difference Between Russian Trolls And American Super PACs

Wealthy interests can spend unlimited dollars influencing our elections, and with the FEC asleep at the wheel, there's almost no mechanism to stop bad actors. → Read More

Pro-Trump media launch attacks on student survivors of Florida school shooting

The attacks are getting a boost from Donald Trump Jr. → Read More

Republicans can't quit fake news

The Republican Party has increasingly created and used political microsites designed to look like local news sites as a political tactic. Here’s why that’s bad for democracy. → Read More

Trump Speaks Directly to White Nationalists

Neo-nazis are a constituency group of President Trump. So are white nationalists. And the so-called alt-right you keep hearing about? They’re a constituency as well. → Read More

Of Course Trump Won't Condemn Nazis—He Needs Them

Neo-Nazis are a constituency group of President Trump. So are white nationalists. And the so-called alt-right you keep hearing about? They’re a constituency as well. → Read More

Factual Democracy Project: Learn About And Take On The Alt-Right

The alt-right can be beaten, but first we have to know our enemy. → Read More

Save Democracy! With Conference Calls! by Melissa Ryan —

Melissa Ryan is raising funds for Save Democracy! With Conference Calls! on Kickstarter! I'm launching a speaker series about fake news and the alt right, featuring experts in media, tech, civil society & national security. → Read More

The Trump campaign is one big commercial for Trump Inc.

Trump is on track to fulfill his claim from 2000 that he could turn a profit running for President. → Read More

Top Trump advisor: Candidate's primary rhetoric was all an act

Heading toward the convention, Trump is now saying that his primary rhetoric was all part of an act. → Read More

Time to hit the reset button

The Democratic primary is over. It's time to take on the Republicans. → Read More