DIEHARD Donald Trump supporters are making enough online noise to worry national security officials that violence could erupt to reinstate the former president in the White House.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed it is seeing "an increasing but modest level of activity online" by those they say are determined to prove the results of the 2020 presidential election were fraudulent.
Democratic candidate Joe Biden defeated incumbent Republican Trump, but baseless narratives have snowballed by Trump and his aides – that the vote was rigged against him.
Thousands of supporters came to Washington DC on Jan. 6 after Trump summoned them as an attempt to protest Joe Biden's certification as president.
But after Trump spoke to the crowd, many stormed the Capitol Building and overpowered police.
Five people died, including one US Capitol Police Officer.
Hundreds of people have since been arrested.
"Some conspiracy theories associated with reinstating former President Trump have included calls for violence if desired outcomes are not realized," a bulletin from the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis that was obtained by ABC News.
The bulletin doesn’t cite any details that a Trump reinstatement plot is imminent.
AUGUST ACTION CHATTER
What’s certain is that the conversation to seek some form of retribution isn’t solely on fringe or conspiracy venues, but in open view of public chat rooms.
"Over the last few days what has occurred is there's been much more public visibility, meaning the discussions and these theories have migrated away from being contained within the conspiracy and extremist online communities, to where they're being the topic of discussion on web forums, or more public web forums, and even within the sort of media ecosystem," a senior DHS official explained to the network.
The worry is that August is when the groups and parties involved want to strike.
"As public visibility of the narratives increases, we are concerned about more calls to violence,” the bulletin reads, according to ABC News.
“Reporting indicates that the timing for these activities may occur during August 2021, although we lack information on specific plots or planned actions," the bulletin sent to state and local partners reads.”
Top national security officials including FBI Director Christopher Wray are reportedly concerned that the rhetoric and false narratives calling for a civil war may inspire physical violence.
'RESTORE' TRUMP IN DAYS
A card detailing a seven-point plan “To Restore Donald J. Trump In Days, Not Years” was distributed CPAC attendees in Dallas last month by a group called Patriots Soar.
The plan contested the results of the 2020 election and promised Trump would return to “correct the official record.”
It also claims Trump will replace House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to reclaim “his rightful place as US President” after they place him “into the line of Presidential succession.”
As Speaker Trump, he would be able to pursue a vote to impeach, charge, and remove "imposters" Biden and Harris.
And since the Speaker of the House is third in the line of presidential succession, the plan envisioned the former president reclaiming his title.
A DHS official discussed how the department cannot remain flatfooted, noting the department "does not have the luxury of waiting till we uncover information with the level of specificity, regarding a potential location and the time of an attack.”
The bulletin added that the recent insurrection on the Capital spread widely into the public square.
"Past circumstances have illustrated that calls for violence could expand rapidly in the public domain and may be occurring outside of publicly available channels,” the bulletin reads.
“As such, lone offenders and small groups of individuals could mobilize to violence with little-to-no warning.”
A major takeaway from the Jan. 6 storming of the Capital and the attacks on Jewish synagogues in both Pittsburgh and Poway, California is that much of the information can be plied by various actors to bait determined believers.
"The current threat environment is one which is fueled in large part by conspiracy theories and other false narratives that are spread online by foreign governments, by foreign terrorist groups and by domestic extremist thought leaders, and are consumed by individuals who are predisposed to engage in violence," the official told the network.
PRESIDENT OR SPEAKER TRUMP?
Trump has already signaled he is priming for another presidential run and holding court at his golf course resort in Bedminster, New Jersey.
“We wouldn't be meeting tonight if we weren't making plans to move forward in a real way, with President Trump at the head of that ticket, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said in an interview with Newsmax.
“Well, we met with several of our cabinet members tonight, we actually had a follow-up meeting with some of our cabinet members, and as we were looking at that, we were looking at what comes next.”
He added: “We wouldn't be meeting tonight if we weren't making plans to move forward in a real way, with President Trump at the head of that ticket.”
Trump has previously said he’s casing the results of the 2022 midterms to make a final decision on whether he runs or not.
Back in April, Trump said he is “100 per cent” considering a run in 2024.
“The polls show that everybody wants me to do it.
“100 per cent I'm thinking about running and we will, I think, be very successful.”
Trump action committees have already raised more than $87million in the first half of 2021, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings.
Trump has also not ruled out a pursuit for Speaker of the House to replace Nancy Pelosi.
But in order for that to happen, Republicans would need to dominate the Congressional 2022 election.
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