Empower Wisconsin | Oct. 23, 2020
By Tobias Hoonhout, National Review
Members of the mainstream political media inadvertently furthered an Iranian disinformation campaign Wednesday by writing a number of viral reports suggesting that the far-right Proud Boys group was threatening Democratic voters via email, just hours before the FBI and the DNI announced the emails were actually sent by Iranians looking to disrupt the election.
Emails sent to registered Democratic voters in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Florida, and Alaska by “[email protected]” warned the individuals to “vote for Trump on Election Day or we will come after you.” Though Enrique Tarrio, the chairman of the Proud Boys and the Florida state director of Latinos for Trump, denied that his group had sent the email, numerous outlets — some of which have not deleted their original tweets — pushed the narrative out over social media.
The Proud Boys, a far-right group with a history of violent confrontations, denied responsibility and condemned the emails: "It wasn't us." https://t.co/ruKefndUR7
— USA TODAY Politics (@usatodayDC) October 21, 2020
Proud Boys domain used to send threatening emails to Democratic voters in Florida, Arizona and Pennsylvania – The Washington Post https://t.co/QvD7hgvXg7
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) October 21, 2020
The anti-Trump Lincoln Project capitalized on the news, which tweeted out that “the Proud Boys are attempting to scare voters away from the polls.”
“This is punishable by up to a year in jail and a blatant attempt to prevent people from voting. Let’s find them and make them famous,” the group — which has a history of amplifying fake news — stated.
“Put them in jail,” MSNBC host Joe Scarborough responded.
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