Federal bulletin says riot on Capitol Hill could inspire more violence as far-right seethes over Trump’s loss.
The United States could face an increased threat of extremist domestic violence for weeks on end from people angry at Donald Trump’s electoral defeat and inspired by the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol, the Department of Defense warned on Wednesday. Homeland Security (DHS).
“Long-standing racial and ethnic tensions – including opposition to immigration – have driven DVE [Domestic Violent Extremist] attacks, including a 2019 filming in El Paso, Texas that killed 23 people, ”DHS said in its assessment, referring to a mass shooting by a far-right extremist in a Walmart in a predominantly Latino neighborhood.
The advisory comes as Washington remains on high alert after Trump supporters occupied the U.S. Capitol on Jan.6 as Congress formally certified President Joe Biden’s electoral victory. Five died in the violence.
DHS, which is responsible for public safety, also mentioned the results of the 2020 election, restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the use of force by police as additional reasons that may trigger violence.
“DHS is concerned that these same factors of violence may persist until early 2021 and that some DVEs may be emboldened by the Jan.6, 2021 violation of the U.S. Capitol,” the bulletin continued.
the Capitol uprising came after former President Donald Trump and his allies peddled refuted claims that voter fraud cost him the election.
Trump faces a history second impeachment on a charge of incitement after giving a speech to supporters before the riot.
White supremacist groups have posed “the most persistent and deadly threat” of violent extremism in the United States in recent years, Trump’s Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said at a hearing of Congress in September.
However, observers noted that federal authorities ignored the risks associated with white nationalists and far right movements, even as social media posts showed plans to storm the Capitol.
Trump has been widely criticized for his apparent proximity to far-right groups, sadly claiming there were good people “on both sides” of the murderous white nationalist rally of 2017 Charlottesville, Virginia, and telling the Proud Boys to “Take a step back and be ready” during a debate in September with then-opponent, current President Joe Biden.
Asset denounced all white nationalists after the comment.
Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman excuse Tuesday for failures in preparing for the riot, including failure to follow a lockdown order and lack of manpower.
“We knew that militia groups and white supremacist organizations would be present,” Pittman said in his prepared remarks.
“We also knew that some of these attendees intended to bring firearms and other weapons to the event. We knew there was a great potential for violence and that Congress was the target.
DHS has warned that the attack on Capitol Hill could prompt domestic extremists to attack other elected officials or government buildings.
Last week, Biden ordered his administration to conduct a comprehensive domestic terrorism risk assessment. The assessment will be carried out by the office of the director of national intelligence in coordination with the FBI and DHS, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.
“The January 6 assault on Capitol Hill and the tragic death and destruction that occurred underscored what we have long known: The rise of domestic violent extremism is a serious and growing threat to national security. The Biden administration will confront this threat with the necessary resources and resolve, ”Psaki said.
The bulletin indicated that there was no specific and credible threat at this time.