On Monday, Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN), a House Judiciary Committee member, was interviewed on CNN, where host Jim Sciutto asked him about the National Guard doing background checks on officers securing the January 20th presidential inauguration. These steps apparently have been taken to ensure no Trump “sympathizers” were securing the perimeter after many military members participated in the January 6th U.S. Capitol incursion.
In his response, Cohen claimed 75% of “white male” National Guardsmen might want to “do something” at the presidential Inauguration of Joe Biden on January 20th.
“The guard is 90-some-odd percent, I believe, male,” said Cohen, adding, “Only about 20 percent of white males voted for Biden. You’ve got to figure that in the guard, which is predominantly more conservative — I see that on my social media, and we know it. They’re probably not more than 25 percent of the people that are there protecting us that are voting for Biden.”
“The other 75 percent are in the class, the large class of folks, who might want to do something,” he said.
Sciutto pushed back, saying, “I mean — to have voted for Trump does not make you an insider threat.” He added, “I’m curious, is there anything you’ve seen to substantiate just how broad this insider threat might be if it exists?”
Cohen responded, “Actually not, Jim.”
States across the country have dispatched 25,000 National Guard officers to Washington, D.C. for the presidential inauguration. By Cohen’s logic, at least 18,750 are supposed Trump “sympathizers.”