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also jack-boot·ed  (jăk′bo͞o′tĭd)
1. Wearing jackboots.
2. Cruelly and violently oppressive: "a revival of the aggressive, jack-booted militarism of the Thirties and Forties" (Saturday Review).
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Mr Brown's speech received a standing ovation as he outlined growing anti-Semitism among not only the "jack-booted" right, but also the "conspiracy theorist" left.
It is not enough for gun-control advocates to be mistaken; they must be jack-booted thugs laying the groundwork for tyranny.
"We are not letting the retaliatory actions of jack-booted thugs get in the way of the important business of providing top-notch care for our patients with addiction and mental health issues," CEO Sharma said.
In the days ahead, tolerant, decent Britain may find itself screaming to be heard between two jack-booted ideologies.
Joseph Curtatone, a Democratic mayor of Sommerville, a city located northwest of Boston, (https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/03/29/somerville-mayor-calls-bristol-sheriff-jack-booted-thug-sanctuary-city-spat/KDERCNFCacAYL4Nh76rFWJ/story.html) called Hodgson "a jack-booted thug," and added, "Come and get me."
The lowest favorability rating was in June 1995, when 42% viewed the NRA favorably, at a time when the NRA sent out a fundraising letter calling federal law enforcement agents "jack-booted government thugs" in the wake of the Waco siege in 1993.
Republican Congressman Lincoln-Diaz-Balart of Florida called the raid "an Orwellian monstrosity." House Majority Whip Tom Delay (R-Texas) referred to the armed raiders of the Gonzalez home as "jack-booted thugs." Republican members of Congress promised hearings, but as was the case with the slaughter at Waco, nothing really came of it.
We were threatened with lawsuits, jack-booted thugs and an occasional punch in the nose, but we never got a death threat.
When I hear some call cops "militant, jack-booted thugs," my reaction is much the same as when I hear firearms owners called "crazy gun nuts." The warning signal flashes brightly someone is talking about something about which they don't have a clue.
My answer is "fear." It's not the fear of having your church shut down or a concern about jack-booted thugs arresting you for praying over lunch in a downtown restaurant.
Bush resigned his membership in the NRA when the group issued a fund raising letter that described federal law enforcement agents as "jack-booted thugs." NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre later apologized for the letter, saying the statement didn't apply to "all federal law-enforcement officials."