As Capitol attackers are slowly being identified and indicted, Americans are learning that many of them were former military or current and former police officers.
During her Wednesday show, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace cited a Justice Department indictment for former Marine Thomas Webster, who used his Marine flag to beat a police officer. When the officer took the flag, Webster came after him with clenched fists.
Webster's "lawyer says Webster attended the rally at the behest of the president of the United States," Wallace explained.
Former FBI special agent Clint Watts explained that Webster and others like him who served in the military or in law enforcement truly believed that it was acceptable to go in and attack the Capitol.
"It's just strange. I don't understand that sort of thinking and I think this really speaks to what four years of President Trump politicizing the military and law enforcement can do," said Watts. "We have a significant problem right now in a couple of different ways. The Department of Defense coming in after four strange years going through many secretaries of defense. Their first priority seems to be cleaning out their own ranks, trying to make sure they don't have extremists or people that are anti-government in the ranks of the military which is paid for by the government."
In the world of law enforcement, he said another issue is that there are community law enforcement members who don't believe that President Joe Biden is the president and don't recognize his authority.
"They are essentially not going to believe in the rule of law from the federal level, and I think that's an incredibly dangerous phenomenon we have in this country, both between federal, state and local law enforcement, but who are you as a citizen, as an American citizen if you're not on that team whenever you go into their jurisdiction? How are you going to be treated? will you fairly be meted out in terms of what the law is?"
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