Several government agencies are warning that political extremists pose an “increased threat” around the midterm elections as political candidates and election officials could become targets, according to multiple reports.
The bulletin from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, US Capitol Police and National Counterterrorism Center is said to have come out the same day a man broke into the San Francisco home of the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and assaulted her husband. with a hammer.
Such threats by lone actors pose the greatest security risk, NPR reported.
The agencies distributed the document to their law enforcement partners across the country.
“After the 2022 midterm elections, perceptions of election fraud and dissatisfaction with election results will likely lead to increased threats of violence against a wide range of targets – such as ideological opponents and election workers,” he said, according to CNN. The outlet noted that it did not contain any specific examples of threats.
He relies, however, on a warning issued by the FBI earlier this month that election workers faced unprecedented threats in seven states: Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Wisconsin.
With less than two weeks to go until Election Day, the new document lists many potential targets for domestic violent extremism (DVE) violence, according to CBS News: “candidates for public office, elected officials, election workers, political gatherings, racial and religious minorities or perceived ideological opponents”.
Officials have yet to say the motive for the attack on the Pelosis home, which left 82-year-old Paul Pelosi in hospital, requiring surgery on his skull and other parts of his body. (He is expected to make a full recovery.) But the suspect in custody appears to have a history of publishing right-wing conspiracy theories and doubting the validity of the 2020 election.
According to a Washington Post analysis, more than half of Republicans running for top office this year are Holocaust deniers. About 50 run in close races.
Heavily armed scrutineers have already popped up in Arizonawhere they were spotted surveilling the ballot boxes in what was a hotly contested county two years ago.
More than 100 lawsuits have also been filed – largely by Republicans – in states complaining about mail-in and early voting rules, how voters are registered and the machines they use at the polls. .