Whistleblowers from within the Federal Bureau of Investigation have come forward and argued that the agency, under the direction of the Biden administration, has pressured agents to manufacture instances of so-called "white supremacy," even out of behaviors that otherwise ought to be covered by the First Amendment.
According to a report from the Washington Times, current and former FBI agents have stated that the agency vastly misrepresents the actual threat that white supremacy poses to American security and democracy but that agents within the Bureau are feeling pressure to find it anyway.
"The demand for White supremacy ... vastly outstrips the supply of White supremacy," one agent said. "We have more people assigned to investigate White supremacists than we can actually find."
"We are sort of the lapdogs as the actual agents doing these sorts of investigations, trying to find a crime to fit otherwise First Amendment-protected activities," he continued. "If they have a ['Dont tread on me'] flag and they own guns and they are mean at school board meetings, that’s probably a domestic terrorist."
Congressional Republicans have made similar claims about the White House, claiming that President Biden and other Democrats have attempted to criminalize political differences and to portray those with different opinions as "extremists" and "domestic terrorists." Meanwhile, they say, these same Democrats have ignored the extremism and domestic terrorism perpetrated by Antifa, BLM, and other left-wing groups.
The speech Biden gave earlier this month, in which the president characterized "MAGA" and Trump supporters as anti-American "semi-fascists" who "put their own pursuit of power above all else," only fueled those accusations.
"I think [that's] what’s ultimately driving his politics,” said Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). “If you own a gun, display the flag and voted for Trump, the president’s going to call you an extremist, and it appears the FBI is going to use the numbers to satisfy that narrative that the president laid out."
The FBI has issued a statement, unequivocally denying that the agency is targeting Republicans or supporters of the former president.
"The FBI aggressively investigates threats posed by domestic violent extremists,” an FBI spokesperson said. “We do not investigate ideology, and we do not investigate particular cases based on the political views of the individuals involved. The FBI will continue to pursue threats or acts of violence, regardless of the underlying motivation or sociopolitical goal."