Anyone who doubts the level of partisan animosity in D.C. needs to look no further than former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi.
Now a frequent MSNBC pundit, he most recently advocated for Republican lawmakers to be thrown in jail for their actions surrounding the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill, RealClearPolitics reported.
“Attack and dismantle”
Describing elements within the GOP as part of the “command and control” of a domestic terrorist network, Figliuzzi insisted the perpetrators must be stopped by force if necessary. He went on to draw an analogy between some Republican voters and foreign terror groups like al Qaeda.
Instead of only focusing on those “low-level operative” arrested after the incident on Capitol Hill, however, Figliuzzi said it is necessary to “attack and dismantle” those higher up in the supposed plot.
“That may mean people sitting in Congress right now,” he added.
Calling the lawlessness of Jan. 6 an act of “domestic terrorism,” he wondered how the nation’s response might have been influenced by prior acts of international terror.
“In order to address that problem, arresting low-level operatives is merely a speed bump, not a roadblock,” Figliuzzi asserted. “In order to really tackle terrorism, this time domestically, you’ve got to attack and dismantle the command and control element of a terrorist group.”
“We’re not going to ignore that either”
Identifying sitting Republican lawmakers as possible targets, he said: “That’s how you do this. Otherwise, recruitment, inciting, and cult-like leadership continues to recruit people to violence.”
Although he put it more bluntly than others, Figliuzzi is not alone in casting the Jan. 6 riot as an act of terrorism or insurrection, using the event to advance an anti-GOP narrative.
In fact, President Joe Biden mentioned the Capitol siege during a recent speech before citing a study that identified white supremacists as the nation’s top terrorist threat.
“We won’t ignore what our intelligence agencies have determined to be the most lethal terrorist threat to the homeland today: white supremacist terrorism,” Biden asserted. “We’re not going to ignore that either.”
Of course, Figliuzzi’s take on any topic will likely be tinged with skepticism by those who recall his suggestion that Trump was sending Nazi messages to his supporters.