With one gesture — an upraised fist — Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley made it clear that he stood with the thousands of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 and caused the deaths of 5 people, including a police officer.
And with that gesture, according to former FBI Special Agent Clint Watts, Hawley let it be known that he has no problem being an “inspirer” of domestic terrorist attacks.
The MAGA faithful are planning a return visit to Washington, D.C. on September 18, and the Department of Justice is already warning the planned rally could present a genuine threat to the U.S. Capitol.
According to NPR, the “Justice for J6” rally already has law enforcement on high alert:
“Due to increased security concerns over a September rally planned in support of the people arrested for storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, the Metropolitan Police Department will activate its entire force for that day. WUSA9 first reported the news Friday.
“In response to a request for details about the department’s security plan, an MPD spokesperson confirmed that the department will activate its force for the Sept. 18 rally — meaning sworn officers who typically have Saturdays off will be on-duty.”
That tracks with what the Justice Department said about the planned gathering, Scott McFarlane of NBC 4 notes:
Be sure and note that the rally organizers also claim the domestic terrorists who were arrested and charged for their part in the Jan. 6 riots which led to the deaths of five people are “political prisoners.” Apparently, when you try to overthrow the elected government of the United States, that doesn’t make you a criminal, it makes you a dissident.
The threat from those who refuse to accept the results of the 2020 election is indeed real and ever present. The Department of Homeland Security has classified them as the single-greatest terror threat we face in this country.
Let them have their rally later this month. But if they so much as step over a single line or wander into a restricted area, they should be met with overwhelming force and taken to the nearest jail.
A man attending a rally in Iowa for Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) told CNN reporter Donie O’Sullivan that the Taliban’s successful and rapid takeover in Afghanistan can easily be used a a “model” for “patriots” to overthrow the elected government of the United States.
O’Sullivan was interviewing attendees of the rally when one man began spouting some terrifying predictions of what he sees happening in the United States:
That led O’Sullivan to ask:
The man replied:
The man is right about there being “millions of guns” in the United States, but not all of them are in the hands of those who want to stage a coup. Liberals and progressives own guns, too, and the government has unlimited power and weapons to counter with.
That doesn’t mean right-wing extremists aren’t a threat. They are, as we learned on January 6th. Even the Department of Homeland Security says domestic terrorism is the biggest threat to the country.
But there’s another threat, too: The rhetoric and vitriol being spewed out by people like Marjorie Greene, Donald Trump, and others. They’re also dangerous, and they need to be treated as such.
Once again today, the nation saw yet another example of domestic terrorism as a man identified by authorities as Floyd Ray Roseberry of North Carolina, parked a pickup truck near the U.S. Capitol and began live streaming a message on social media in which he ranted:
And yet, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) wants the country to know that while he doesn’t condone what Roseberry did, the specter of “dictatorial Socialism” is driving people to take drastic actions:
Just in case Brooks decides to take his tweet down (or Twitter does it for him), here’s a screenshot of the congressman’s statement:
Brooks, of course, also had this to say at the January 6 rally that preceded the Capitol insurrection:
The tweet and statement from Congressman Brooks was met with anger and disgust on social media:
It would be nice if House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy would come out and denounce what Brooks tweeted. He could also call for a censure vote to punish Brooks when Congress returns next month.
But of course we won’t hold our breath waiting for any Republican to do the right thing. They haven’t yet, so why would they start now?
Think forward to a month from now. It’s August 5 and Donald Trump still hasn’t been “reinstated” as president the way the MyPillow moron, Mike Lindell, has been promising. Instead, the failed, one-term loser former president has been indicted (or soon will be), and Joe Biden remains president of the United States.
What happens next? Does Lindell move the goalposts again? Or do the pro-Trump crazies who also subscribe to the bizarre QAnon view of the world decide to take matters into their own hands and try to start a conflagration in major cities across the country?
That’s the concern of terrorism analyst Malcolm Nance, who said Monday evening during an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Reid Report” that he believes the QAnon goons may well be the biggest threat the U.S. faces when it comes to domestic terrorism, remarking:
The “America First” movement that took place in the United States as Hitler rose to power was led by a name you’ll probably recall from your history classes: Charles Lindbergh.
Nance also warned that the post-August period could wind up being one filled with the sort of horror we cannot possibly imagine:
We have got to be on the alert for what some of these domestic terrorists have planned if Trump isn’t installed in the White House the way they’re expecting. They are a clear and present danger to the United States.