MORROW, Ga. — The commander of a local militia told Channel 2 Action News his warriors will fight to defend the Constitution regardless of who wins Tuesday’s presidential election.
With early voting set to end across Georgia Friday, some voters might call members of that militia extremists, even fear-mongers.
But the militia's commander is adamant that perception is one thing, reality is another.
Channel 2 investigative reporter Aaron Diamant found YouTube video of Georgia Security Force III%’s "team chaos" militiamen running heavily armed, live-fire drills in the north Georgia woods.
"We have to be prepared to protect our country from all enemies foreign and domestic," said Georgia Security Force Commander Chris Hill.
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"We're losing control on many different fronts. Our liberties and our freedoms are at risk," Hill said.
Georgia Security Force is one of many some-say extremist militias in the U.S. rallying around Republican Donald Trump, emboldened by the candidate's national security and anti-immigrant and Muslim rhetoric.
Civil rights advocates with the Southern Poverty Law Center say the groups are adding fuel to the fire.
"It is dangerous rhetoric," said Ryan Lenz with the SPLC. "Those two streams of extremist ideology coming together into one giant torrent is terrifying."
However, there is growing concern over unrest in the event of a Hillary Clinton victory.
"We're not prepared to take up arms and fight based on the outcome of an election. Our stance is we need to be prepared, no matter who wins, for a fallout -- whether it's Hillary Clinton, or whether it's Donald Trump," Hill told Diamant.
Hill said he believes any post-election rebellion should remain non-violent and within the law, but should any of his fellow weekend warriors disagree…
"We have to do our best to police our own ranks, and we have to do our best to reach out to those people to bring them in line," Hill said.
Hill voted early for Donald Trump but told Diamant that he doesn't completely consider Trump the answer.
He said he strongly opposes Trump's positions on things like stop and frisk, and broader no-fly lists.
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