Proud Boys Declare 'This Means War' Following Iran Voter Intimidation Threats

The Proud Boys have urged military action against Iran after U.S. officials accused them of using their name to intimate voters.

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said Iran was responsible for the emails sent to voters in several states including Florida and Arizona claiming to be from the far-right group which threatened them to vote for President Donald Trump "or we will come after you."

"We will know which candidate you voted for. I would take this seriously if I were you," the email from the address "info@officialproudboys.com" added.

The receivers' home address were reportedly posted at the bottom of the email.

In a press conference, Ratcliffe said that Iran was responsible for the "spoofed" emails which were designed to "intimidate voters, incite social unrest, and damage President Trump."

The Proud Boys immediately denied sending the emails, describing them as a "false flag operation" against the group.

The group have now described their validation after the FBI said they were not behind the threats while demanding action taken against Iran.

"This means war!" Joe Biggs, who organizes rallies for the Proud Boys, wrote on the social media site Parler.

Referencing Trump, Biggs added: "'Iran if you f**k around with us, if you do something bad to us, we are gonna do things to you that have never been done before.'—Orange Man, but also us the Proud Boys."

Proud Boy Chairman Enrique Tarrio added that "whatever MOAB [Mother of all Bombs] gets dropped on Iran for meddling in our election better have the Proud Boys' name etched on it."

Tarrio also questioned how the group, listed by the FBI as a domestic terror threat, have become "players in an international cyberwar."

In a statement to ABC, Tarrio added: "Yesterday we slept comfortably in our beds knowing that we did nothing wrong. Today the FBI confirmed what we already knew.

"Biden's disinformation campaign on the debate stage was used by Iran to interfere in our elections. It was amplified by many blue check twitter accounts including Florida state representative Anna Eskamani.

"Twitter silences the New York Post but allows disinformation like this to remain. This was another attempt to discredit our great organization."

The group also set up "Proud Boys Iran" social media accounts mocking the claims they were behind the emails.

There are already tensions between the U.S. and Tehran ever since Trump ordered the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in an airstrike in January, prompting fears the two countries were on the verge of war.

Alireza Miryousefi, spokesperson for the Iranian mission to the U.N. in New York, dismissed claims Iran is attempting to interfere in the elections.

"The world has been witnessing U.S.' own desperate public attempts to question the outcome of its own elections at the highest level," Miryousefi said. "These accusations are nothing more than another scenario to undermine voter confidence, and are absurd.

"Iran has no interest in interfering in the U.S. election and no preference for the outcome. U.S. must end its malign and dangerous accusations against Iran."

In a statement to Newsweek, John Hultquist, Senior Director of Analysis, Mandiant Threat Intelligence, said: "In recent years, Iranian information operations have continued to push boundaries using bold and innovative approaches. However, this incident marks a fundamental shift in our understanding of Iran's willingness to interfere in the democratic process.

"While many of their operations have been focused on promoting propaganda in pursuit of Iran's interests, this incident is clearly aimed at undermining voter confidence."

The FBI added: "Though the FBI's standard practice is to neither confirm nor deny any investigation, we take all election-related threats seriously, whether it is vote fraud, voter suppression, or threats from cyber or foreign influence actors.

"We're committed to  supporting our election security partners and protecting our communities as Americans exercise their right to vote."

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Enrique Tarrio (L), chairman of the alt-right group Proud Boys, speaks with a police officer during the End Domestic Terrorism rally at Tom McCall Waterfront Park on August 17, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. Proud Boys have urged military action against Iran after U.S. officials accused them of using their name to intimate voters. Karen Ducey/Getty