A former agent at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been charged with serious felony offenses for his participation in the riot at the Capitol in 2021 that was inspired by Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 presidential election.
The man is named Jared Wise, and his career at the FBI, where he eventually became a supervisory special agent, stretched for some time. He was there from 2004 through 2017, meaning he left that period of government service just as Trump’s term in office got underway. At the Capitol on January 6, Wise entered the Capitol building — and then hours later, he participated in confrontations outside the building with police, where he yelled in support of the idea of killing officers. He also used essentially some of the same rhetoric that Donald Trump himself has utilized in his persistent and angry rants about his political opponents, who Donald has compared to the Gestapo, which was a secret police force under the Nazis.
That’s all per federal prosecutors. In general, it’s just not that difficult to see a connection between the rhetoric Trump has shared and real-world acts of violence. It bears repeating that Donald is among the public figures who have claimed there has been some kind of invasion seen over the southern border… and in a mass shooting at an El Paso Wal-Mart, the attacker cited essentially that very same idea. Trump, of course, refused to renounce the rhetoric after the incident.
“You guys are disgusting,” Wise told cops outside the Capitol, according to the Justice Department. “I’m former—I’m former law enforcement. You’re disgusting. You are the Nazi. You are the Gestapo. You can’t see it.” Subsequently, he yelled as follows after witnessing attacks on law enforcement: “Yeah, fuck them! Yeah, kill ‘em!” This is not unique among participants in that attack. When Trump and Marjorie Taylor Greene try and stump for the rioters, these are the people they’re evidently fervently supporting. Wise’s charges now include civil disorder and assaulting, resisting, or impeding police, alongside several misdemeanors.