John Guandolo, a disgraced former FBI agent, right-wing conspiracy theorist, and anti-Islam activist, doubled down on his defense of right-wing activists who stormed the U.S. Capitol last week in an effort to prevent Congress from certifying the election for President-elect Joe Biden.
Guandolo is a radical right-wing activist who leads an organization called Understanding The Threat, through which he trains law enforcement agencies around the country to identify seemingly anyone with dark skin and a beard as an Islamic terrorist. Last Thursday, he praised the MAGA activists and members of militia organizations and far-right hate groups who carried out the insurrection for supposedly showing incredible “restraint” by not rounding up members of Congress and summarily executing them.
On Friday, Guandolo appeared on the “America, Can We Talk?” YouTube program where he again defended the insurrectionists and declared that members of Congress are traitors and “enemies of the republic” who should be “swinging from a rope.”
“They weren’t trying to hurt anyone,” Guandolo said. “They are angry because their country is being surrendered to hostile forces. And they see it, they know it, they understand it. Our election was stolen, and they are as angry at the Republican Party as they are at anybody else. Because, remember, it’s the Republicans—it’s Mike Pence, Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy—that went on the radio last night and condemned President Trump and his supporters. And to them, I say, ‘Screw you.’ They are the enemies of the republic.”
“It’s amazing to me that the reality of what came to their front door didn’t register at all to them,” Guandolo continued. “They are so arrogant, they are so condescending [that] nothing is going to snap them into reality except for patriots taking back control of their government and people like that swinging from a rope because these are traitors to the country.”