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Former President Donald Trump's supporters infamously stormed the United States Capitol this past January, beating police officers and threatening the lives of lawmakers, motivated by Trump's lies that the 2020 election was "stolen" from him by Democrats engaging in widespread election fraud.
Now, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), some of the former President's supporters remain somewhat of a threat.
A number of right-wing conspiracy theorists—such as MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell—have repeatedly lied that Trump will somehow be "reinstated" to the Presidency after the non-existent election fraud is exposed.
A DHS bulletin obtained by ABC News found that:
"Some conspiracy theories associated with reinstating former President Trump have included calls for violence if desired outcomes are not realized."
But the Department noted there isn't currently evidence of a specific plot:
"As public visibility of the narratives increases, we are concerned about more calls to violence. Reporting indicates that the timing for these activities may occur during August 2021, although we lack information on specific plots or planned actions."
"Past circumstances have illustrated that calls for violence could expand rapidly in the public domain and may be occurring outside of publicly available channels. As such, lone offenders and small groups of individuals could mobilize to violence with little-to-no warning."
The date for Trump's reinstatement is a goalpost constantly in motion. Many conspiracy theorists thought it would happen on March 4, the original presidential inauguration day. Lindell has since insisted that it will happen sometime in August.
Of course, there's no constitutional process, outside of reelection, for reinstating a President who lost a bid for the White House.
Though the threat isn't as severe as January 6, for now, people still sounded the alarm.
The Big Lie poses an increasing threat to national security. https://t.co/NYWxbMDsaT— Alex Padilla (@Alex Padilla) 1628476205.0
The Department of Homeland Security has observed "an increasing but modest level of activity online" from Trump sup… https://t.co/yQmHjaCuwm— Amee Vanderpool (@Amee Vanderpool) 1628331027.0
Something wicked this way comes. Again. https://t.co/eZ81KNoOer— Mz. Chievous ™️ (@Mz. Chievous ™️) 1628302202.0
This is terrifying. We are talking about a former President! #SmartNews https://t.co/FTpA7lyeDa— TomKat ✍️ 🌊🌊🌊 (@TomKat ✍️ 🌊🌊🌊) 1628298146.0
Be aware peeps. Like I said earlier, you can feel the tension brewing, just like in a domestic (household) violence… https://t.co/49LvieuuKR— LLL (@LLL) 1628425200.0
Increasing violent chatter among the Trump terrorists. https://t.co/odnfLNJjrx— Tim Hannan (@Tim Hannan) 1628297792.0
They pointed out this violence from Trump's supporters is based on lies embraced by Trump and the Republican party.
Donald Trump is the modern day Charles Manson, but on a much larger scale. https://t.co/7HFojIIcM0— Deanna L. Lawlis (@Deanna L. Lawlis) 1628353646.0
Something else that wasn’t a secret. Everyone knew. Everyone knew they all were lying to save Trump from embarras… https://t.co/6tIJz1fJvR— Green Apartners (@Green Apartners) 1628301950.0
This is what happens when the big lie keeps getting repeated over and over again. Everyone spreading lies about 202… https://t.co/u3dafuFiyJ— Alfredo Montanez (@Alfredo Montanez) 1628297874.0
Through statements released by his spokeswoman, Trump continues to broadcast the lie that the 2020 election was illegitimate.