Given Monday’s police intervention in Washington, D.C., it certainly looks like former President George W. Bush was on point when he said Saturday in Shanksville, Pa., that “there is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home.”
An alert U.S. Capitol Police special operations officer noticed a Dodge Dakota pickup truck around midnight Monday with a swastika and “other white supremacist symbols painted on it” outside the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee on South Capitol Street in Southwest D.C. In place of a license plate, the truck had a picture of the American flag.
Officers arrested 44-year-old Donald Craighead of Oceanside, Calif., early on Monday, who had a bayonet and machete inside his pickup truck.
— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) September 13, 2021
Both weapons are prohibited in Washington, D.C.
“This is good police work plain and simple,” said U.S. Capitol Police chief Tom Manger in a statement. “We applaud the officers’ keen observation and the teamwork that resulted in this arrest.”
Craighead, according to the USCP, claimed he was “on patrol” and spoke about white supremacist ideology and other rhetoric pertaining to white supremacy.
The arrest comes less than a week before people are set to gather at the U.S. Capitol for a rally in support of the hundreds of pro-Trump supporters who were charged in connection with the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection. “At this time, it is not clear if he was planning to attend any upcoming demonstrations or if he has ties to any previous cases in the area,” the department said.
Less than a month ago, U.S. Capitol Police took a North Carolina man into custody who had claimed to have a bomb in his pickup truck in front of the Library of Congress. It turned out that he did not.