American far-right groups are poised to get even more extreme in their beliefs and actions, raising the possibility of continued violence in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, according to Matthew Valasik and Shannon Reid, co-authors of the recent book “Alt-Right Gangs: A Hazy Shade of White.”

The sociologist and criminologist explain what’s happening inside groups like the Proud Boys as the nation’s citizenry and police continue to address the threat of right-wing political violence. The scholars “expect that extremists will come to see the events of Jan. 6 as just the opening skirmish in a modern civil war.”

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The U.S. Capitol remains on lockdown, defended by the National Guard. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

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