Two stories involving the receipt of threatening emails have emerged within 24 hours of each other.
Oct 19th, WMUR9 reported:
Kelly, a Milford resident who asked to be identified only by her first name, said she received one of the letters.
“Dear neighbor,” the letter read. “You have been identified by our group as being a Trump supporter. Your address has been added to our database as a target when we attack should Trump not concede the election.”
The anonymous author went on to say Kelly should hope her home insurance has fire coverage.
On October 20, the following day, Florida Today reported:
Voters across Brevard County Tuesday afternoon received threatening emails purporting to come from the Proud Boys, a far-right group that espouses militant authoritarian ideology, telling them to vote for President Trump, or else.
The emails appear to follow a similar format, and come from the email address “email@example.com.”
“Hi (name) We are in possession of all your information You are currently registered as a Democrat and we know this because we have gained access into the entire voting infrastructure. You will vote for Trump on Election Day or we will come after you. Change your party affiliation to Republican to let us know you received our message and will comply. We will know which candidate you voted for. I would take this seriously if I were you. (Voter’s address),” it read.
Both stories claim that law enforcement are looking into the threats.
However, the article making the claim that Proud Boys sent out multiple emails has a bit of suspicion to it’s validity.
On October 9th, it was reported that the website for the Proud Boys was actually dropped by their web host. What this means, is that officialproudboys.com was inactivated prior to the time the reported emails were sent out.
News Analytics is not reporting that the emails did not happen. However, there is a strong indication that they were sent out by a third party who masked the email origins.
Threatening emails is a serious issue amid today’s violent climate in America. Threats of violence to intimidate for political purposes falls under the exact definition of terrorism, and should not be taken lightly.