Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen Suggests National Guard Members Might ‘Want to Do Something’ to Joe Biden
James Gordon, Daily Mail, January 18, 2021
Democratic congressman Steve Cohen suggested on Monday that Trump supporters within the National Guard who have been designated with protecting Joe Biden ‘might want to do something’ to the new president.
Cohen said that he remembered former India Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her own bodyguards and suggested that any Trump supporters within National Guard units would come under suspicion.
‘The National Guard is 90 some-odd percent male, and only about 20 percent of white males voted for Biden,’ he said. ‘You’ve got to figure that in the Guard, which is predominantly more conservative … they’re probably not more than 25 percent of the people there protecting us that voted for Biden. The other 75 percent are in the large class of folks that might want to do something,’ Cohen said, speaking to CNN.
Anchor Jim Sciutto challenged Cohen stating that being a Trump voter would not automatically mean that person was a ‘threat of violence.’
‘I mean — to have voted for Trump does not make you an insider threat,’ Sciutto said.
‘I’m curious, is there anything you’ve seen to substantiate just how broad this insider threat might be, if it exists?’ Sciutto asked.
Cohen provided no evidence to substantiate his claim but explained how he would look for those who might be viewed as a possible threat.
‘You draw a circle, the first circle is people who worked for Trump and not for Biden, as far as people who would be in the zone of folks who you would be suspect of,’ he said. ‘The suspect group is large.’
The Acting US Secretary of Defense said on Monday there was no intelligence to indicate an insider threat to Joe Biden’s inauguration but that troops were still being vetted before the event.
In an unprecedented show of security force, 25,000 National Guard troops have been deployed to Washington, D.C., to protect Biden’s inauguration this week with the city still on edge after the Capitol riot on January 6th.