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CSUSB professor discusses impact of election fraud conspiracies
Los Angeles Times
Sept 10, 2021
Claims of election corruption may spark litigation after Tuesday’s election, especially if Gov. Gavin Newsom retains office. Yet whether any lawsuits gain traction, experts say that allegations of ballot rigging help Trump-friendly forces build their base, in California and elsewhere.
They feed the narrative that California has left people behind, and that American democracy can be protected only through extraordinary means — including the protests that led to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S Capitol, said Brian Levin, executive director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino.
“That risk isn’t going to end the day after the election, or the day after the vote,” he said.
The unfounded rhetoric of fraud around the recall election may be an “opening salvo” in what probably will become another “quiver” in the bag of right-wing attacks on election integrity, said Levin.
Increasingly, he said, those grievances are focused on state and local issues after the 2020 election, feeding disputes at school boards, city halls and election offices. It is in those venues where he fears there may be violence if Newsom retains office.
Read the complete article at “Election fraud conspiracies run rampant. Will they help or hurt push to recall Newsom?”
CSUSB professor shares what people can do to help stem the surge in hate crimes
Sept. 9, 2021
Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, discussed in a short segment what bystanders can safely do if they witness a hate crime as it occurs.
Watch the segment on Cheddar’s Twitter feed.
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