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WATCH: Donald Trump’s Lies Are Harmful To National Security, Explains DHS Secretary

WATCH: Donald Trump’s Lies Are Harmful To National Security, Explains DHS Secretary

Donald Trump is still lying about the outcome of the 2020 election, almost a year after Election Day. Unfortunately, a core group of his most avid fans is still listening, and some of them are still acting on those lies.

CULLMAN, ALABAMA – AUGUST 21: Former U.S. President Donald Trump addresses supporters during a “Save America” rally at York Family Farms on August 21, 2021 in Cullman, Alabama. With the number of coronavirus cases rising rapidly and no more ICU beds available in Alabama, the host city of Cullman declared a COVID-19-related state of emergency two days before the Trump rally. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, 67.5% of the state’s population has not been fully vaccinated. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

In January, people who believed that Trump had won the election — a lie he promoted heavily — stormed the U.S. Capitol Building, threatening to kill lawmakers, including Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, among others. Now it’s the middle of September, and Trump and his surrogates are still pushing the same false narrative, of a “stolen” election, calling for more audits, and keeping his fans whipped up for action.

Appearing on CNN, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas responded to Trump’s false claims, explaining how they endanger the country and make DHS’s job of protecting against extremists — including domestic extremism — harder.

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“His words, the dissemination of a false narrative, is unhelpful and counterproductive and it is in fact something that our adversaries exploit.”

In fact, the Big Lie is only taking on new life, Politico reports, with other Republicans across the country trying it out in their own campaigns, not only in the recent California recall race, but in midterms from Pennsylvania and Virginia to Nevada, candidates are telling voters to expect fraud, and suggesting preemptively that, if they lose, it’s proof of a “stolen” election.

Meanwhile, Republicans paint the January riot suspects as “political prisoners,” rallying support for them, holding press conferences, and treating them as heroes suffering for their sacrifice, despite charges including assaults on police, destruction of Federal property, and weapons charges.

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