MSNBC host Tiffany Cross warned that “a civil war is here” amid reports of “violent rhetoric” against the FBI following the recent raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida.
During Thursday’s edition of “The ReidOut,” Cross said it was time to start “preparing for actual violence” because people tried “to declare war with FBI field offices.”
“You have millions of people tuning into a propaganda network every night,” Cross said.
“And then, as if that were not bad enough, that’s an extremist network itself, you have these fringe pop-up outlets from OAN to Newsmax, then you have the social media component,” she added.
“That train has left the station. There is no let’s deal with the rhetoric,” Cross continued.
“At this point, I do think we have to have serious conversations around preparing for actual violence.”
“People keep saying a civil war is coming — I would say a civil war is here.”
“And I don’t mean to be hyperbolic. We can look at what has happened just in the past week alone since all this has happened,” Cross said.
“We’ve had two people try to declare war with FBI field offices. I don’t think, at this point, we’re going to pack up our bags and go home and sing kumbaya,” Cross continued.
“So, from a law enforcement angle, what would you recommend the infrastructure of the country do? Because not everybody has the security of Capitol Hill.”
In the days following the raid against Trump’s home, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security put out a bulletin warning about “violent threats” against law enforcement agencies, including a threat to “place a so-called Dirty Bomb in front of FBI headquarters.”
The bulletin also said that “general calls” for “civil war” have increased across social media platforms.
Former FBI agent, Ali H. Soufan. said:
“Within my former world, folks know there is a heightened threat environment out there. I would have to believe that DHS and the FBI – I happened to work for both – that the right steps are going forward both in terms of physical security of people and also ramping up efforts to make sure that if there are active plots or threats out there, they can be disrupted in advance. That’s probably how it’s going to be handled on the government side.”
“On the average everyday American side, it’s just trying to be a responsible citizen. If you’re hearing this rhetoric from a neighbor or a friend or somebody like that, engaging in a conversation to try to cool things down,” Ali added.
“Right now, yes, the atmosphere in the U.S. is very heated. Hopefully, we can de-escalate things. But in the meantime, I do believe there will be these attempts and more lone offender type of attacks that we have seen over the past couple of weeks, where people try to act out violently. I don’t think we will see large-scale acts of violence. Hopefully, I am right on that.”