The closer we get to this infernal 2020 election, the wilder things are bound to get out there on the ground.
This is an election already marred in tragedy, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and a number of violent incidents that have been occurring in places like Portland, Oregon and Kenosha, Wisconsin. There are fears being drummed up by the mainstream media that President Trump won’t accept the results of the election, (unless he wins, of course), and that the fringe corners of his following will rise up in some strange “boogaloo” to subvert the rest of the nation to his will.
These stories are obviously far-fetched, but they aren’t being completely ignored either.
And, of course, there are the imposters, both online and in the real world, who will pretend to be some inflammatory member of one party or another in order to tarnish the reputation of their political opponents. We’ve already seen this play out as Iran began sending threatening emails to voters, claiming that something terrible could happen to them if they didn’t vote for Donald Trump – all while posing as the “Proud Boys” hate group.
The latest peculiar posturing comes to us from Florida, where armed men are claiming that they were hired by the Trump campaign to protect the polls.
Two armed men dressed as security guards told cops they were hired by the Trump campaign to set up near a Florida early voting location — a claim that President Donald Trump’s campaign denied through a spokesperson.
On Wednesday, Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Julie Marcus told local CBS station WFLA that when sheriff’s deputies approached the two men, who had set up a tent near a St. Petersburg early voting location, they said they’d been hired by the Trump campaign.
“The Sheriff [Bob Gualtieri] told me the persons that were dressed in these security uniforms had indicated to sheriff’s deputies that they belonged to a licensed security company and they indicated—and this has not been confirmed yet—that they were hired by the Trump campaign,” Marcus told WFLA’s Chip Osowski.
The Trump campaign vehemently denied the claim, stating that they were in no way involved with these men or any such “security” guard operation.
Given just how wildly strange this election has been, it can’t be ruled out that, like the Iranian emails pretending to be from “Proud Boys”, these men could be part of an operation meant to paint Trump’s campaign in a poor light.
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