A terrorism expert believes Senator Josh Hawley’s antics helped stir up crowds ahead of the January 6 riots.
Former FBI Special Agent Clint Watts told MSNBC Sunday show that politicians were helping fuel the rise of domestic extremism and named Mr. Hawley and Donald Trump.
Mr Watts said political leaders were pointing extremists at particular targets such as the United States Capitol.
“It is our political leaders who do this more than domestic extremists,” said Watts, who served on the joint task force on terrorism.
“What you see right there, President Trump told them they were going to Capitol Hill that day. They didn’t choose the Capitol, he said, its organizers promoted it, his fellow GOP congressmen, they promoted it.
“It was Josh Hawley punching the crowd, right?” Before he comes in, “he added.
“That’s the thing we’re looking to see, hey, where are they heading. For the most part, groups do not choose the targets. These are the elected leaders.
Mr Watts was asked about former President George W. Bush’s comments to Saturday’s Flight 93 memorial, in which he linked the ideology of the 9/11 terrorists and the mob that stormed US Capitol. United States.
Mr. Bush was widely praised for the speech, where he warned that “dangers can come not only from across borders, but also from the violence that gathers within.”
Mr Watts said law enforcement does not have the same tools to tackle national threats.
“We developed a whole architecture that was focused on a relatively defined group or group, should I say, al Qaeda, and then it spawned the Islamic State, so we had a terrorist designation. That we just don’t have in the domestic space and it puzzles our abilities as it raises laws and procedures. “
“This has been the heart of the debate since January 6; what are Americans, you know, willing to let American law enforcement do to protect them? It’s just not very clear, ”he continued.
U.S. Capitol Police are preparing for a rally on September 18 in support of the more than 600 rioters who were arrested after January 6.
Experts have warned of the danger of further violence at the rally, which will be the largest gathering of Trump supporters in Washington since January 6.
A suspected white supremacist was arrested Sunday night by U.S. Capitol Police carrying a bayonet and machete in his van near the Democratic National Headquarters.
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