Trump’s election conspiracies are coming to a head — again

August 9, 2021 ☼ coupelection-2020trumpdomestic-terrorism

Source: The Washington Post - Link

There’s only one actual question about the next few weeks, as the estimated deadline offered by Donald Trump and his allies for his reinstatement as president comes and goes: How dangerous will it be?

On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security released a bulletin warning state and local law enforcement officials of increasing chatter about potential violence that “may occur during August 2021.” Nothing specific was mentioned, but an official who spoke with ABC News noted that the department was offering the warning because of how quickly a threat could emerge.

The warning stemmed from threats “fueled in large part by conspiracy theories and other false narratives” that are spread by “domestic extremist thought leaders,” among others, according to the official. This misinformation is “consumed by individuals who are predisposed to engage in violence,” the official said.

I’m a bit more hopeful that nothing bad will happen and that this is a lot of bluster, but a lot hinges on how the Arizona fiasco is spun.