Sheriff Lombardo of Las Vegas Refuses to Abandon Violent and Dangerous Conspiracy Theories

State and federal law enforcement agencies are ringing alarm bells about dangerous conspiracy theories surrounding the election that they fear will lead to violence.

The Department of Homeland Security, FBI, and National Counterterrorism Center issued a bulletin warning which read in part, “Election-related perceptions of fraud and DVE [violent domestic extremism] reactions to divisive topics will likely drive sporadic DVE plotting of violence and broader efforts to justify violence in the lead up to and following the 2022 midterm election cycle.”

But Sheriff Joe Lombardo isn’t respecting their warnings, trying to appease people on both sides of the Big Lie.

UNLV Poli-Sci associate professor Rebecca Gill wrote in an article for the Nevada Current, “In Clark County, Lombardo’s presence on the ballot could make people think they won’t get in trouble for voter intimidation.” Gill adds that Lombardo “Hasn’t done enough to make it clear to MAGA folks that you shouldn’t intimidate people.”

DGA Senior Communications Advisor Christina Amestoy says, “Despite being tasked with keeping people safe, Joe Lombardo has refused to denounce and even embraced these dangerous election conspiracy theories. Will Sheriff Lombardo condemn the Big Lie and risk losing the support of his far-right base and Donald Trump, or will he continue ignoring these warnings from the rest of the law enforcement community and put Nevadans in danger?”

Lombardo has tried to appease extremists in recent weeks, those encouraging violence and intimidation tactics (and the sabotage of voting machines) if people believed they witnessed “fraud” and “cheating” at the polls.

Time to pick a side Lombardo: the promise you made to protect the public or your political pandering.

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