Domestic terrorist Travis Reinking, the Waffle House Shooter, self-identifies as a “sovereign citizen.”
Reinking, who was taken into custody Monday afternoon, is suspected of killing four people of color and wounding two others at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee, early Sunday morning.
According to reports, Reinking, 29, of Morton, Illinois, began shooting patrons and employees with an AR-15 rifle about 3:25 a.m. at the 24-hour restaurant on Murfreesboro Pike in Antioch, near Nashville
In addition, according to reports, the alleged killer collected guns, struggled with mental health issues, and identified as a sovereign citizen.
In fact, in July of 2017, Reinking was arrested for trying to enter the White House while demanding to speak with President Trump. At the time he told authorities he was a “sovereign citizen.”
Travis Reinking, the 29-year-old man who police said opened fire on patrons of a Waffle House in the Antioch area of Nashville, Tennessee, killing four, called himself a “sovereign citizen” in July 2017 while clashing with the Secret Service outside of the White House.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which monitors hate groups across the nation, reports that the sovereign citizen movement is “rooted in racism and anti-Semitism.”
The SPLC explains:
In the early 1980s, the sovereign citizens movement mostly attracted white supremacists and anti-Semites, mainly because sovereign theories originated in groups that saw Jews as working behind the scenes to manipulate financial institutions and control the government. Most early sovereigns, and some of those who are still on the scene believed that being white was a prerequisite to becoming a sovereign citizen. They argued that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which guaranteed citizenship to African Americans and everyone else born on U.S. soil, also made black Americans permanently subject to federal and state governments, unlike themselves.
The FBI reports that sovereign citizens “believe that even though they physically reside in this country, they are separate or ‘sovereign’ from the United States.”
The agency defines sovereign citizens as:
anti-government extremists who claim the federal government is operating outside its jurisdiction and they are therefore not bound by government authority—including the courts, taxing entities, motor vehicle departments, and even law enforcement.
Bottom line: Travis Reinking, the Waffle House Shooter, is a sovereign citizen, an anti-government extremist, and a domestic terrorist.