Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta advised CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” that lawmakers from each side of the aisle “need to be realistic” that President Donald Trump is not going to attempt to discourage violent protesters in the days main to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
“This President’s not going to do that,” stated Panetta, who served as protection secretary from July 2011 to February 2013 beneath President Barack Obama. “It’s not in his nature to do something that would be important for the country. He’s thinking about himself. That will continue to consume him.”
At the Save America rally on Jan. 6, Trump advised hundreds of viewers members on Capitol Hill that “we will never concede” and promoted a show of energy from his supporters. Minutes later, a mob of his supporters stormed the and terrorized Congress. Trump has since taken zero duty for the lethal riot and defended his speech.
“People thought that what I said was totally appropriate,” Trump stated to a bunch of reporters Tuesday.
Trump’s feedback come at a time of heightened alert for violence throughout the U.S. after the FBI warned of potential armed protests. In a Tuesday night interview on “The News with Shepard Smith” Michael Chertoff, who served as the Secretary of Homeland safety throughout the Bush Administration, stated he thinks there’s a “real threat” for hostility at the nation’s state capitals.
“I’m real worried about the next few weeks, Chertoff said. “I definitely suppose subsequent week will be a second when these teams really feel emboldened to go and check out to commit mayhem, not simply attacking the Capitol, however attacking different places as nicely.”
A State of Emergency was declared in Richmond, Virginia due to what authorities characterize as “credible threats” of protests leading up to Inauguration Day on January 20. The Virginia Capitol Police announced they are increasing security.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers activated his state’s National Guard to protect the state Capitol building and boarded up windows on the building’s ground-floor. Michigan’s Attorney General Dana Nessel tweeted that, “The Michigan Capitol will not be secure.” Chertoff said that he does not expect the threats to stop after Inauguration Day.
“We may have energetic shooters, we may have pipe bombs, however truthfully, I believe that is going to proceed after January 20th,” Chertoff said. “I believe these teams have been revved up to imagine that is their second.”
Panetta told host Shepard Smith that Trump will have to “face punishment” for “inciting that revolt” last Wednesday. Trump is facing the charge of inciting insurrection and House Democrats are planning to vote Tuesday to demand Vice President Mike Pence use the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. Panetta said that if Pence does not implement the 25th Amendment, that there’s no other option but impeachment.
“That’s the backside line, we can’t ignore what occurred final Wednesday, and we now have to ship a transparent message to this president and to future presidents that that type of habits won’t ever be tolerated in our nation,” Panetta stated.