Sometimes I feel like I’m dealing with cognitive dissonance when I watch the events unspooling. My brain is having a hard time processing the information before me. Currently, 20,000 National Guard troops are protecting the Capitol against domestic terrorists inspired by President Donald Trump, who was impeached for the second time by the House of Representatives.
Although it sounds like a plotline from “The X Files,” thousands of Americans are currently involved in a quasi-religious conspiracy cult that has penetrated the top-levels of the government. Rachel Maddow recently reported that the FBI warned against IED attacks at the inauguration and attacks on all state capitols.
Malcolm Nance, a former intelligence officer, explained the current, dangerous situation in a Congressional Black Caucus hearing on Wednesday. He said the United States is currently in an insurgency. He dubbed it Trump Insurgency in the United States (TITUS.)
“It is a wholly white supremacist rebellion,” said Nance.
But the scary thing is the members of this domestic terrorist group could be anyone. “They’re your neighbors,” said Nance. If you need further proof, look at some of the people who participated in the Capitol attack. Police officers, firefighters, servicemen and women, doctors, investment bankers, and an Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer! They’ve been radicalized by Trump and believe in the nonsensical QAnon conspiracy theory. As Nance pointed out, they’re also willing to kill Americans. Five people died at the Capitol, including a police officer.
As I look at the National Guard troops milling around the Capitol, I hope they’re willing to shoot Americans because these people are no longer fellow citizens. They’re enemies of the United States.
Several legislators at the hearing also talked about how they had been targeted for assassination by white supremacist groups. Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.) said that he recently learned that his name was on a hit list. And even more chilling, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) pointed out that on the day of the attack she discovered all of the panic buttons had been removed from her office.
White grievance on display
White grievance plays a major role in this terrorist group. This was also on display during the attack. It featured a smorgasbord of white supremacist groups such as the Proud Boys, neo-Confederates, “the Kekistanis” and neo-Nazis such as Matthew Heimbach.
Jacob Angeli, the deranged “Q Shaman,” who was prancing around in a horned outfit, had several white supremacist tattoos on his body, such as the German Valknot (interconnected triangles) and Thor’s hammer. (White supremacist groups have adopted pagan symbols.)
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Black legislators targeted
White supremacist ideology also played in role in Capitol police ignoring the warnings. According to a Pro Publica report, the department has had a problem with racist cops for years.
“Since 2001, hundreds of Black officers had sued the department for racial discrimination. They alleged that white officers called Black colleagues slurs like the N-word and that one officer found a hangman’s noose on his locker,” according to a Pro Publica report. “’There is a problem with racism in this country, in pretty much every establishment that exists,’ said former Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine, who left the agency in 2016.’”
It’s no wonder many police officers backed Trump, who made white grievance a significant part of his message. Rep. Sheila Jackson (D-Texas,) said they we’re currently in a “Cold Civil War.” As Nance has indicated in media interviews, the terrorists realize they can’t go to war with the U.S. government, so they’ve decided to engage in asymmetrical warfare, otherwise known as terrorism.
Several legislators at the hearing also talked about how they had been targeted for assassination by white supremacist groups. Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.) recently learned that his name was on a hit list. And even more chilling, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) pointed out that on the day of the attack she discovered all of the panic buttons had been removed from her office.
Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said the terrorist knew precisely how to find his office. A Twitter video shows the insurrectionists discussing maps and tunnels, indicating they had advanced knowledge of the building. Alicia Garza, one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter, also received an FBI warning that her name was on a neo-Nazi hit list.
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This rage comes from Black people attaining political power. In his book, “The Plot to Destroy America,” Nance pointed out that Trump envisions an America where political power remains in the hands of a white minority. Many of his supporters feel the same way. They don’t like the idea of more non-white representatives and senators. Trump pressured Georgia election officials to overturn the election results because black voters showed their political might.
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They want to go back to the 1950s where white men are in charge. That’s the real meaning of “Make America Great Again.” In a video posted to Twitter, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga.,) a QAnon adherent, criticizes Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for wearing a hijab. She then says she believes in freedom of religion, only proving her stupidity.
As Nance stated during the hearing, it’s going to be a long slog defeating this group. They’re everywhere. Much like the classic horror movie “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” you don’t know who’s the enemy. And even when they are arrested and jailed, most of them are American citizens, so you can’t deport them.
“This is only the beginning,” said Nance.