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Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino revealed the “dirty secret” in law enforcement as he weighed in on the failure of the security plan at the U.S. Capitol.
The events that unfolded Wednesday showed that “a lot went wrong” with planning by law enforcement, the Fox News contributor told “Hannity” on Thursday. But rather than focus on those details, Bongino decided to share the “worst-kept secret” with viewers.
“I debated what to say coming on tonight, was I going to talk about the technical components of the security plan at the Capitol that went wrong,” Bongino told host Sean Hannity. “No, I don’t want to do that because a lot went wrong. I think we all get that.”
“I want to talk about something more important,” he added.
(Source: Fox News)
“It’s the worst-kept secret in law enforcement, it’s a dirty secret but it’s the worst kept one. Fifty percent of security in public safety is political,” Bongino said.
“What do I mean by that?” the conservative radio show host continued.
“You’re never going to secure a location, a city, the Capitol or anything else if you don’t have the backing of political leaders. And the problem we have Sean, and what you saw yesterday at the Capitol, they have 2,300 police officers and a half billion dollar budget. The Capitol, in what is a 2.3-mile area, has a bigger police budget than the city of Detroit.”
“So what the hell went wrong?” the former New York City Police Department officer asked, going on to answer his own question.
“The answer is, they just don’t like the cops. People in big cities run by liberals, and the city of [Washington] D.C. is run by liberals, they can’t stand the police, they haven’t made a secret about it. They have actually run some of them on defunding the police,” Bongino said.
“I love these little thought experiments because they make liberals and media people outside this network think,” he quipped. “I can prove this to you. Did you see the rioting today up at the capital? No you didn’t. This tragic incident yesterday was done, thankfully and concluded, and you saw nothing today. Yet the siege at the White House in Washington, D.C., with BLM lasted for what, Sean, a week?”
He explained the difference between the incident on Wednesday and the Black Lives Matter protests that took place in Washington last year.
“It’s the same area [of] D.C., the same D.C. Metro Police Department, the same federal entities involved,” he said.
“Why did one stop and the other didn’t? The answer is because yesterday was a disfavored group — Trump supporters — so there was unified political support to stop it,” he said.
“The siege at the White House was a favored group – Antifa, BLM – attacking the White House Trump was in. So nobody did anything about it,” he noted of the 2020 summer protests. “You think I’m making this up?”
Bongino drove the point home by pointing to policing policies in New York City where crime rates have increased despite stringent coronavirus lockdown orders implemented in the Democrat-run city.
“Why have homicides in New York City exploded despite the fact that nobody is moving around in New York City due to a lockdown? How is that happening?” he asked.
He explained that the answer “is [Mayor] Bill de Blasio changed, the political leadership changed.”
“You think the cops don’t know how to handle crime? They have shown the world how to handle crime for two decades,” Bongino asserted. “The political leaders are ruining policing and you’re never going to get security and public safety until we get better political leaders. Period, full stop.”
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