Fentanyl-Laced Letters Sent to Multiple US Election Offices

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    The Facts

    • Letters containing suspicious substances were sent to election offices in Georgia, Nevada, California, Oregon, and Washington state, four of which contained the deadly drug fentanyl. The incidents delayed ballot counting in some local elections, with the FBI and US Postal Inspection Service investigating the matter.

    • In Washington state, letters were received at election offices in the counties of Skagit, Spokane, Pierce, and King, which includes Seattle, two of which contained the drug. As this prompted an evacuation of ballot counting workers on Tuesday, Democratic Secretary of State Steve Hobbs called the deliveries "acts of terrorism to threaten our elections."

    The Spin

    Left narrative

    Ever since Donald Trump and his supporters tried to overturn the 2020 election results, the rate of threats against ballot counters has skyrocketed. Not only has this disrupted subsequent elections and caused workers to quit their jobs, but the cost of implementing security measures over the next ten years will cost upwards of $600M. Placing all the blame on an alleged left-wing perpetrator for this incident under investigation ignores this larger issue.

    Right narrative

    This news provides concrete proof that it's not right-wingers who are trying to undermine America's election integrity. These envelopes contained the symbols of left-wing movements like Antifa, which shows that left-wing domestic terrorism is also a threat. This was an unacceptable action that needs to be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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