'These are seditionists': Former FBI assistant director warns of growing 'radicalization' of 'Trump ideology'
During an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," former FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi offered a sobering analysis of the January 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol Building by far-right extremists — stressing that it was not an isolated incident, but rather, evidence of the ever-growing "radicalization" of "Trump ideology." And to make matters worse, Figliuzzi warned, there has been a "penetration of law enforcement" by extremists.
Figliuzzi, on Tuesday morning, January 12, told "Morning Joe" hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, "These are seditionists, and you don't need to have a law degree to know that they have violated the sedition laws of the United States.…. We have Americans who have lost sight of the core values of America."
The former FBI assistant director added, "The most disturbing thing of all, Joe, that has been developing over the course of the last 48 hours, is that we may have had law enforcement officers who have lost their code — lost their core values, don't understand who to be loyal to. And we're hearing reports of 15 Capitol police officers suspended. We're hearing reports that city police departments across the country are opening internal affairs cases for police officers that have lost their way. And sadly, I'm here to tell you, that's factoring into the security preparations for the inauguration. Why? Because while we always have countersurveillance looking at perimeters, now we have to have countersurveillance looking at cops during the inauguration of a new president."
Figliuzzi noted that although the January 6 "seditionists" aren't radical Islamists, they have the same fanatical mentality.
"Change the religion of some of the people who entered the Capitol, and you have violent jihadists," Figliuzzi explained.
Scarborough, a former GOP congressman and Never Trump conservative who has been a blistering critic of President Donald Trump, didn't disagree with Figliuzzi's warnings and described Trump as a "fascist president" who encouraged "sedition" on January 6. And Figliuzzi said that the "seditionists," radicalized by "Trump ideology," are loyal to Trump rather than the United States.
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