In the early hours of Nov. 9, 2016, Donald Trump exceeded expectations in a stunning victory to become the 45th president of the United States. Hours later, Shorty Dawkins, the associate editor of, wrote, “We have won a battle, but not the war.”

The Oath Keepers, according to Reuters photographer Jim Urquhart who photographed the group and other local militia groups for over a year, is a movement that promises to defend the Constitution of the United States at all costs, protecting it from what it deems “all enemies — foreign and domestic.”

Members of the group call themselves patriots.  Law enforcement officials, The Washington Post’s Kevin Sullivan reported last month, “call them dangerous, delusional and sometimes violent, and say that their numbers are growing amid a wave of anger at the government that has been gaining strength since 2008, a surge that coincided with the election of the first black U.S. president and a crippling economic recession.” Just last week the group offered webinars instructing members to head Trump’s warnings of a “rigged” election.

But not all members of the militia believe the end is near. Jason Van Tatenhove, a member of the movement who lives in Montana, told the photographer, “I don’t think there’s any doomsday scenario coming down right on us, but it’s always better to have these skills and not need them than to need them and not have them.”