The Biden Administration’s Department of Homeland Security released a memo claiming that there is a “heightened threat environment” in America due to allegedly “emboldened” right-wing extremists, as reported by USA Today.
The memo was issued by acting DHS Secretary David Pekoske, who claimed that “individuals frustrated with the current exercise of government authority and the presidential transition could continue to mobilize a broad range of ideologically motivated actors to incite or commit violence.” The bulletin bizarrely cites the 2019 El Paso shooting, which took place almost two years ago, and also claims that “misinformation and conspiracy theories about COVID-19” are also to blame.
The announcement is the latest evidence of the Biden Administration’s narrative that “far-right terrorism” is a rising threat in America today, even though studies overwhelmingly show that this is not the case. Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, openly stated his intentions to use this narrative in order to silence political opponents, saying that this could be “the first step of many to rein in violent domestic terrorists who were emboldened over the last four years. There is no place in our society for their violence or their lies.”
These claims stem from the protests at the United States Capitol on January 6th, where a mostly peaceful crowd of pro-Trump protesters entered the Capitol building during the counting of the electoral college votes from 2020, in protest of the widespread voter fraud and irregularities that may have swung the election from President Trump to Joe Biden.
During the protest, one Trump supporter, Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, was murdered by a Washington D.C. MPD officer. Three others died due to sudden medical conditions unrelated to the protests, although the mainstream media has repeatedly and falsely claimed that these deaths were directly caused by the events at the Capitol, and the exact cause of the death of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick is still being investigated.