The United States faces a heightened menace of home terrorism from people disgruntled with the result of the November presidential election, the Department of Homeland Security mentioned on Wednesday.
The advisory follows the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 by supporters of then president Donald Trump in which 5 people have been killed, and the inauguration of Joe Biden as president final week amid heightened safety in locked-down Washington.
“Information suggests that some ideologically motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fuelled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence,” the division mentioned in a nationwide terrorism advisory.
There was no info on a particular credible plot however the heightened menace throughout the United States was more likely to persist for weeks, it mentioned.
The DHS advisory mentioned so-called home violent extremists have been motivated by points together with anger over COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 election outcomes and police use of power.
It additionally cited “long-standing racial and ethnic tension — including opposition to immigration” as drivers of home violence assaults.
The House impeached Trump two weeks in the past for inciting the lethal Capitol riots when he informed his supporters to “fight like hell” to overturn his election defeat.
On Tuesday, all however 5 U.S. Senate Republicans voted in favour of an effort to dismiss Trump’s historic second impeachment trial, making clear a conviction of the previous president for “incitement of insurrection” is unlikely.