James Comey says the Capitol rebellion was the Republican Occasion’s “Chernobyl”
Former FBI director James Comey, a longtime critic of President Donald Trump, described the Capitol riot in a new interview with The Guardian as the Republican Party’s “Chernobyl all of its own”.
Comey lambasted the GOP as a party “built about lies and racism and ignorance. ”
“Something is changing and I hope it’s the mistake that falls apart, a rift between the Trumpists and the people who want to try and build a responsible Conservative party because everyone should know we need one,” he said. “Who wants to be part of an organization that is essentially based on lies, racism and ignorance? It’s just not a healthy political organization. “
Comey says he was disrupted by the Capitol uprising that happened on Jan. 6 when a crowd of President Trump supporters broke through the Capitol to scrap the 2020 general election results on the assumption that the elections were fraudulent . (Although President Trump continues to claim that there was widespread electoral fraud, there is no evidence to support it.) Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died in the riot.
“I was sick when I saw an attack on the literal and symbolic heart of our democracy, and as a law enforcement officer, I was upset. I’m confused and angry that Capitol Hill wasn’t defended, ”Comey said. “It’s a hill! If you wanted to defend it, you could defend it, and for some reason it was not defended. I think this is a size 9/11 mistake and we need a type 9/11 commission to understand so we don’t repeat it. “
He also drew an analogy between the attack, the most significant case of terrorism on American soil since September 11, 2001, and the collapse of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, which exposed Soviet misconduct.
“What Donald Trump has been doing over the past five years is attacking the building from the outside in order to weaken its foundation,” Comey said. “He pulled the control rods back and that’s a recipe for a nuclear disaster, a radioactive release.”
“This is what you saw on Capitol Hill, our very own Chernobyl, when America’s ugly radioactive violence and racism exploded in public,” he added.
Comey was sacked by Trump in 2017 while investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. Trump specifically rejected Comey’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who later pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his talks with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Trump pardoned Flynn in November 2020.
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