Disgraced outgoing President Donald Trump has poisoned our institutions so much that even our own military cannot be trusted to keep President-Elect Joe Biden safe on Inauguration Day, forcing the FBI to vet every National Guard soldier in Washington DC to make sure they are not a threat.
Several members of the National Guard participated in the terrorist attack against the Capitol on January 6th, which was Trump’s attempted coup to stay in power. The goal of the insurrectionists was to assassinate Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic leaders and destroy the electoral votes in a scheme to overturn the 2020 Election.
As Inauguration Day approaches, there are rising concerns that some of the 25,000 National Guard troops that will be present in the city and at the Capitol harbor pro-Trump extremist views and could move to assassinate Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris in a last-ditch effort to keep Trump in power.
According to the Associated Press:
U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event.
Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told The Associated Press on Sunday that officials are conscious of the potential threat, and he warned commanders to be on the lookout for any problems within their ranks as the inauguration approaches. So far, however, he and other leaders say they have seen no evidence of any threats, and officials said the vetting hadn’t flagged any issues.
The threat has forced the military and the FBI to team up to step up background checks to determine if any of the soldiers are threats to the peaceful transition of power.
“We’re continually going through the process, and taking second, third looks at every one of the individuals assigned to this operation,” McCarthy said. “The question is, is that all of them? Are there others? We need to be conscious of it and we need to put all of the mechanisms in place to thoroughly vet these men and women who would support any operations like this.”
It’s not just the troops who could be a potential threat. Not too long ago, national security expert Malcolm Nance has suggested that Secret Service agents and government officials could be threats to Biden as well. After all, some Secret Service agents could be Trump loyalists and could get close enough to kill Biden. We also know that several Republican lawmakers are determined to carry guns inside the Capitol, putting them in position to assassinate top Democrats.
This is a serious inside threat to the nation and democracy. Trump has created such a poisonous political atmosphere that Americans cannot even trust the men and women who are charged with protecting our country and our elected officials. Inauguration Day is now a powder keg set to explode if an attempt on Biden’s life is made by a soldier or Secret Service agent out of fanatical loyalty to Trump, underscoring the need to purge all Trump supporters from the military, law enforcement, intelligence agencies, and government institutions. Because not doing so will ensure that healing never takes place.
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