Former FBI Director James Comey went on the ABC talk show “The View” on Friday to claim that President Donald Trump radicalized his supporters with his “constant lying” in the same way that Al Qaeda radicalized terrorists.
“Director Comey, pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol to protest Trump losing the election,” stated cohost Sunny Hostin. “How much of what we saw should be blamed on Trump’s radicalization message of a rigged and stolen election, and what about the rioters who stormed the Capitol? Do you consider them to be domestic terrorists?”
“First, they are terrorists,” Comey replied. “They are people bent on coercing a civilian government, attacking our democracy because of their warped view of reality. The reason their view is warped is because of the president’s lies, and it’s not just the lie about the election, which is the prime mover for this attack on Capitol Hill. It’s four years of constant lying about the virus, about our institutions, about our courts, about our democracy. The demagogue’s lies have great power, especially when they’re echoed by his enablers in the Senate and the House and the media. This is how Al-Qaeda radicalized, a constant torrent of lies at vulnerable people.”
“We have millions of vulnerable people in this country who have consumed these lies, and some portion of them have been radicalized to the point where they believe they’re on the side of the angels who have to engage in violence directed against us,” he continued. “So it’s a serious threat. It’s a terrorism threat. Donald Trump and his enablers —we want to make sure we keep the receipts because a lot of people are going to deny they had any connection to it come a few months from now, but that group of people is a radicalized group of terrorists.”
James @Comey on last week’s siege on Capitol Hill: “They are people bent on coercing a civilian government, attacking our democracy because of their warped view of reality, and the reason their view is warped… is because of the president’s lies.” https://t.co/cVclFZQmjA pic.twitter.com/ZMqfj3TJ5s
— The View (@TheView) January 15, 2021
This comes after we reported that Comey said that Biden should “consider” pardoning Trump.
“I obviously think he belongs in jail, but I don’t think pursuing that is in the best interests of the entire nation, so I think the wiser decision would be not to pursue him,” said Comey, adding that it is crucial that whatever Biden’s decision on this is, that he explain it to the American people.
“Be transparent about why you’re doing what you’re doing,” he continued.