Former DHS official warns of political violence that can worsen after the Capitol assault

Former Ministry of Homeland Security Intelligence analyst Daryl Johnson, who wrote an internal report in 2009 warning that right-wing extremism was on the rise in the United States, warns that political violence is escalating following last week's uprising against Congress that took place in 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 dying movement."

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 try to stop the election. I thought it would be in a different Capitol, 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 riot that killed five people, including Capitol policeman Brian Sicknick,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 cautioned, however, that the attack on the Capitol is not so much the "climax" of a violent story as the "ushering in" 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 immediately send impeachment articles to the Senate and expedite the impeachment of the president. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), The outgoing Senate majority leader, is reportedly backing the impeachment process and accusing 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 ignore the crime, corruption and obvious disregard for the rule of law by the tyrant president we have in the White House," said representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). "We as a nation can no longer look the other way."

Rep. 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 in the White House. We as a nation can no longer look the way."

– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 13, 2021

Alan is a New York-based writer, editor, and news junkie.

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