Politically Motivated Violence is on the Rise in the United States
The two events driving it: The January 6th Capitol Riots and the overturning of Roe v. Wade...
Christopher Wray, the current FBI Director, has said that the United States has been witnessing an increase in political violence and domestic extremism. The comments came as he stood before the Senate Judiciary Committee telling lawmakers that the FBI had opened multiple investigations related to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. He said, “there had been a general intensification of violence from both sides.”
“I think this is part of a larger phenomenon that we are experiencing in this country right now. I understand that passions run high, especially on an issue like abortion, but there are just way too many people that seem to think that that justifies engaging in violence and destruction of property and threats of violence.
I feel like every day I’m getting briefed on someone throwing a Molotov cocktail at someone over some issue. It’s crazy.”
Christopher Wray said.
Just after speaking to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the FBI charged a man with arson for setting fire to a Planned Parenthood building in Michigan.
“From our perspective, I don’t care what side of the issue you’re on, I don’t care who you’re upset with or what you’re upset about, on abortion or anything else, you don’t get to use violence or threats of violence to act on it. And we’re going to go after that conduct aggressively. I feel very strongly about that and I’ve communicated that very strongly to all of our field offices and our workforce.”
Christopher Wray continued.
Similar comments have been made previously. Last year, the comments were made as Wray specifically told the public that the FBI’s domestic terrorism caseload had been overfilled in just a year and a half. Due to such an influx of domestic challenges, Christopher Wray said that he fears foreign intelligence will begin to dwindle.