National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre on Thursday attacked rank-and-file FBI agents for not doing enough to undermine their own leadership -- and he called on them to mount a "resistance" to their leaders to prove their patriotism.
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, LaPierre said that all FBI agents should bear the blame for purported "corruption" in their ranks, seemingly referring to the FBI's investigation into whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election.
"What is hard to understand is why nobody at the FBI stood up and called B.S. on its rogue leadership," LaPierre said. "I mean, really, where was the systemic resistance that should protect every powerful institution that serves us? The lowest ranking Marine knows to resist an unlawful order. The rank and file in every powerful institution must police its own leadership."
LaPierre then said FBI agents' purported complicity was part of a broader plot to implement socialism on the United States.
"In too much of today's Washington, nobody speaks out," he said. "Nobody challenges authority. Everyone keeps their mouth closed and their heads down, and that is exactly how socialistic societies function."
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