Arizona Secretary of State in the United States has spoken out against the rising threats of violence she is facing over the Nov. 3 election result.
And she is blaming U.S. President Donald Trump for the threats she received.
Called for a stop to the spread of misinformation
In a statement released on Wednesday, Nov. 18, the top election official, Katie Hobbs, called the "escalating threats of violence" directed to her family and her staff "utterly abhorrent".
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs released this statement in response to ongoing and escalating threats of violence directed at her family and her office. pic.twitter.com/SzsRxzvOl1— Secretary Katie Hobbs (@SecretaryHobbs) November 18, 2020
"There are those, including the president, members of Congress and other elected officials, who are perpetuating misinformation and are encouraging others to distrust the election results in a manner that violates the oath of office they took," Hobbs, a Democrat, said.
Saying their words and actions have consequences, she called on them to "stop".
According to NBC-affiliated media KPNX, Hobbs claimed that the threats she received on social media site Parler were "something like, 'Let's burn her house down and kill her and her family, and teach those fraudsters a lesson.'"
She also claimed that her home address and personal information were posted on the site.
Threats indicate a "deeper problem" in America
She also said the threats are "a symptom of a deeper problem" in the country, which was the "consistent and systematic undermining of trust in each other and [their] democratic process".
Reiterating that elections are "safe and secure", she said the continued "intimidation tactics" from perpetrators will not prevent her from performing her duties.
Trump's supporters who refused to accept his defeat by President-elect Joe Biden had taken to the streets to protest the election outcome.
Joining similar protests in Arizona were a number of extremist groups such as the Proud Boys, which were designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, some of whom were armed with semi-automatic weapons.
However, legal experts have rejected such claims of voter fraud, and said none of the lawsuits could change the election outcome.
Some attorneys representing Trump have even said under oath that they have no proof of fraud, according to Wall Street Journal.
As his relationship with Fox News suffers, Trump has encouraged his supporters to get their information from far-right, pro-Trump channels that have a history of promoting conspiracy theories which are not substantiated by evidence.
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