The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a National Terrorism Advisory (pdf) 1/27, warning of a heightened risk of violence by domestic extremist groups across the country who have been emboldened by the insurrection on the Capitol on January 6th.
The Advisory says,
- “…some ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence.”
The Advisory says domestic violence extremists (DVEs) are
- “motivated by a range of issues, including anger over COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 election results, and … opposition to immigration…”
The bulletin further states,
• Threats of violence against critical infrastructure…increased in 2020 with violent extremists citing misinformation and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 for their actions.”
Local elected officials promote this extremist ideology
Let’s be clear here.
The phrases DHS used about “citing misinformation and conspiracy theories about Covid-19” and “perceived grievances fueled by false narratives” point directly to far right wing extremist ideology, including the Big Lie that Donald Trump actually won the November 3 election “in a landslide” but for massive voter fraud.
No such fraud has ever been proven, and Biden was declared the clear winner of the Nov. 3 election.
House Rep. Lauren Boebert, Colorado State Senator Ray Scott, Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters and Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland all echoed the same right wing extremist and QAnon lies, like “#StopTheSteal” — the lie that the election was rigged and Trump actually won. Ray Scott re-tweeted “stop the steal” rhetoric on Twitter, and County Commissioner Janet Rowland promoted the lie that masks don’t help prevent spread Covid-19, and the insane QAnon lie that all Democrats are pedophiles who run child trafficking rings.
Western slope Republicans have lied to the public, contributed to the right wing domestic terrorism ideology that is currently threatening the country and efforts by far right-wing efforts to destroy our democracy.
We deserve better.