Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) said in an interview with MSNBC Friday that the U.S. “is facing a fascist environment” similar to the Jim Crow era ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. Stated.
Big picture: Federal officials at the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI warned of “increasing threats” ahead of the midterm elections, where violent extremism was accused of violent extremism, CBS News reports.
What they say: “We are really facing an environment of fascism in the United States. This kind of intimidation in the polls leads us to Jim Crow,” he said of reports of intimidation at the Arizona ballot box. Ocasio-Cortez told MSNBC.
- “It pulls us back and makes us think of a very unique form of American apartheid not so long ago,” she added. Those wounds could soon be torn apart if we do not defend our principles strongly.”
State of play: Violent extremists in the country pose threats of violence in the 2022 midterm elections and in the days following, officials from the DHS, FBI, U.S. Capitol Police Department, and the National Counterterrorism Center released a preliminary report on Friday. CNN reports.
- “After the 2022 midterm elections, perceptions of election-related fraud and dissatisfaction with election results are likely to heighten threats of violence against a wide range of targets, including ideological opponents and election officials,” the bulletin reads. .
- The bulletin also warned that these militants could target state and local government buildings after the election, according to CBS.
Notable: The bulletin was issued on the same day as the attack on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband.
Further details: Pelosi attack fuels congressional fear: ‘Someone will die’