Stern Quoted in Article Discussing Threats of Post-Election Violence

Jessica Stern, Research Professor at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, was quoted in a GBH News article discussing the 2020 U.S. presidential election and lingering threat of violence posed by radical militia groups. 

The article, titled “Election Day Passed Without Right-Wing Militia Violence, But Post-Election Threats Remain,” discusses recent activity on right-wing militia websites and message boards surrounding unfounded allegations that Democrats are trying to “steal” the election and threats of violent action.

These militia groups pose a higher threat in Oregon, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, but the article points out that they are not completely absent from the New England area. Stern said that she does not believe the groups in the region are much of a threat and has “a lot of confidence in the Boston FBI” to deal with threats of disruption after the election results are announced.

The full article can be read on GBH  News‘ website.

Professor Jessica Stern is a Research Professor at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. She is the coauthor with J.M. Berger of ISIS: The State of Terror; and the author of Denial: A Memoir of TerrorTerror in the Name of GodWhy Religious Militants Kill; and The Ultimate Terrorists.  Learn more about her here.