Former DHS official warns of political violence that can worsen after the Capitol assault
Former Ministry of Homeland Security Intelligence analyst Daryl Johnson, who penned an internal report in 2009 warning that right-wing extremism was on the rise in the United States, warns that political violence has escalated following last week’s uprising against Congress, which was run by President Donald Trump took place, will aggravate bidding.
“That Capitol riot we had last week – some people were fine, that’s the climax of the story. No it is not. This ushers in a new phase of violence and hostility, “Johnson said in an interview with NBC News. “This is not the last chapter in a movement that is dying out.”
When asked about his reaction to the attack, Johnson said: “During the summer, spring, and fall we had two other capitol buildings in Michigan and Idaho that were overrun and breached by the same kind of people. It wasn’t impossible for these people to do something similar to stop the election. I thought it was going to be in another state capitol building, but it was the U.S. Capitol, after all. So it wasn’t a surprise. But it was shocking to see what was going on and how the crowd was stimulated and turned into this violent mob. “
Johnson noted that President Trump, who started the uprising that killed five people, including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick,the one primarily responsible for fueling fears, spreading lies and disinformation, and promoting conspiracy theories. “
“So he definitely poured a lot of fuel into this fire. That fire was already raging when he got into the office and he just took it to a whole new level, ”he added.
He warned, however, that the attack on the Capitol was less the “climax” of a violent story and more the “usher” of a “new phase” of violence and hostility. “
Johnson recommended that the government fund organizations run by those who have themselves de-radicalized. “and can develop strategies on how to do public relations and get people out. “
Impeachment proceedings are currently ongoing. Representative Steny Hoyer (R-Md.) Told reporters this morning that the House intended to send impeachment articles to the Senate immediately and expedite the impeachment of the president. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), The outgoing Senate majority leader, has reportedly backed the impeachment process and accused Trump of losing control of the Senate after Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff won the publicly known Georgia runoff had .
“For years we have been asked to turn a blind eye to crime, corruption and the obvious disregard for the rule of law by the tyrant president in the White House,” said representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). “We as a nation can no longer look the other way.”
MP Ilhan Omar: “For years we have been asked to ignore the crime, corruption and apparent disregard for the rule of law by the tyrant president we have in the White House. We as a nation can no longer look away.” pic.twitter.com/mzykgVHwxE
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