For the better part of the last year, we have consistently heard comparisons being made between the MAGA Movement and domestic terror, largely in reaction to the events of January 6th, 2021.
This is, of course, something that the Democrats have leaned into heavily, attempting to vilify their political rivals ahead of the already-contentious 2022 midterms.
Now it appears as though they may get some help from the DOJ as well.
The Justice Department is establishing a specialized unit focused on domestic terrorism, the department’s top national security official told lawmakers Tuesday as he described an “elevated” threat from violent extremists in the United States.
Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen, testifying just days after the nation observed the one-year anniversary of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, said the number of FBI investigations into suspected domestic violent extremists has more than doubled since the spring of 2020.
“We have seen a growing threat from those who are motivated by racial animus, as well as those who ascribe to extremist anti-government and anti-authority ideologies,” Olsen said.
The move could be seen as a weaponization of the Justice Department, and will likely draw condemnation from those on the far-right whose views have already been under attack by the Democratically-controlled legislative branch.
Furthermore, the Justice Department has no federal domestic terror statute to rule by, leaving this office to operate in whatever manner they please.