Lincoln Project boosted Iranian disinformation that claims Proud Boys group intimidated voters

by Laura Mize · Oct 22nd, 2020 12:41 pm

Last Updated Oct 23rd, 2020 at 8:17 am

The Lincoln Project, an openly anti-Trump group of former Republican consultants, shared a message on social media Thursday that originated with an Iranian disinformation campaign.

"The Proud Boys are attempting to scare voters away from the polls," read a tweet from the group. "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 intimidation the tweet describes did not actually come from The Proud Boys, a group that many in the mainstream media have said President Trump supports. Rather, Iranian operatives sent emails to Democratic voters in several states, and claimed to be part of the Proud Boys, according to the Department of Homeland Security. The messages claimed that the group is "in possession of all your information" and says that the recipient "will vote for Trump on Election Day or we will come after you."

Twelve thousand Twitter accounts retweeted the Lincoln Project's message Wednesday before the group deleted it, according to Daily Caller Editor Peter Hasson.


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