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DHS warns of rising threat of violence tied to pro-Trump election conspiracies

Iran Press TV

Sunday, 08 August 2021 2:16 AM

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has reportedly notified local and state authorities regarding recent online campaigns calling for violence in relation to several 2020 election conspiracies.

"[D]HS is providing awareness of reports regarding an increasing but modest level of activity online calling for violence in response to unsubstantiated claims of fraud related to the 2020 election and the alleged 'reinstatement' of former President Trump," said the notice as reported Friday by CNN, citing a source.

"As public visibility of the narratives increases, we are concerned about more calls to violence. Reporting indicates that the timing of these activities may occur during August 2021, although we lack information on specific plots or planned actions," added the DHS notice as quoted in the report.

While the DHS noted that it did not have any reports of specific threats, Trump and his supporters have spread unconfirmed claims that widespread voter fraud occurred during the 2020 presidential election.

The conspiracy theories ultimately led to the January 6 attack when Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol to disrupt Congress from certifying the election of the new President Joe Biden.

Meanwhile, a DHS spokesperson added in a statement cited by The Hill that the department often shares information to local and state authorities with regards to "the heightened threat environment."

"The Department of Homeland Security regularly shares information regarding the heightened threat environment with federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial officials to ensure the safety and security of all communities across the country," the spokesperson underlined as quoted in the report.

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