Fox News host Steve Doocy asserted Monday that former President Donald Trump has a responsibility to help stop "violent rhetoric" being used against the FBI.
What did Doocy say?
Speaking on "Fox & Friends," Doocy said "it would be great" if Trump demanded an end to the "violent rhetoric" being spewed at FBI agents after the raid on Mar-a-Lago.
"It would be great for everybody to tamp down the rhetoric against the FBI because the FBI was simply doing what the DOJ asked them to do," Doocy said.
"With all of these threats going around, it would ultimately be great if the former president — who has always been a great supporter of law enforcement and who has posed with 1,000 police departments coast-to-coast — it would be great if he called for an end to the violent rhetoric against federal law enforcement and, in particular, the FBI that was just doing their job," he added.
What is the background?
FBI Director Christopher Wray released a statement last week condemning a barrage of threats against his agency in the wake of the Mar-a-Lago controversy.
The statement read:
Unfounded attacks on the integrity of the FBI erode respect for the rule of law and are a grave disservice to the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect others. Violence and threats against law enforcement, including the FBI, are dangerous and should be deeply concerning to all Americans. Every day I see the men and women of the FBI doing their jobs professionally and with rigor, objectivity, and a fierce commitment to our mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution. I am proud to serve alongside them.
The allegedly violent rhetoric became real last week when a man attempted to attack the FBI field office in Cincinnati. That attempted attack ended with a fatal standoff between the perpetrator and police.
Interestingly, Trump himself urged cooler heads to prevail in an interview with Fox News on Monday.
"The country is in a very dangerous position. There is tremendous anger, like I've never seen before," Trump said. "If there is anything we can do to help, I, and my people, would certainly be willing to do that.
"People are so angry at what is taking place," the former president also said. "Whatever we can do to help — because the temperature has to be brought down in the country. If it isn’t, terrible things are going to happen."