The regime in Iran is using online tactics to disrupt U.S. society and will likely continue its “critical messaging of the U.S. President” throughout the 2020 Election, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s first ever Homeland Threat Assessment.
The report, published this month, summarizes that the government in Iran most likely sees the current U.S. administration as a “threat to the regime’s stability.”
Though they’re operating from thousands of miles away, Iran’s online efforts and constant critical messaging of President Trump could potentially influence the election outcome in Joe Biden’s favor, according to a Town Hall report.
While mainstream media focuses heavily on Russian election interference, the Homeland Security threat assessment lists Iran as the “most alarming” of threats, alongside China and Russia.
“Our adversaries are seeking to sway the preferences and perceptions of U.S. voters using influence operations,” according to the DHS report.
In May 2018, President Trump withdrew from the JCPOA, or the Iran nuclear deal, citing the deal’s failure to support U.S. national security.
Tensions between Iran and President Trump then grew exponentially following Qassem Soleimani’s assassination by the U.S. in January of this year. Iran’s regime has many times threatened a significant retaliation for Soleimani’s death.
Joe Biden and the Democratic Party have openly declared a favorable view of the now disintegrated JCPOA, despite bipartisan opposition to the deal during the Obama Administration.
The JCPOA freed up about $100 billion for Iran, funds that were likely used to sponsor terrorist organizations and missile testing.