The Southern Poverty Law Center describes him as a “disgraced ex-FBI agent” who founded an anti-Muslim hate group that he was using to promote bigotry and bias in law enforcement training sessions, until a review of exactly what he was teaching resulted in his accreditation for LEO training being yanked. Now he says that he’s training private citizens instead, to take over their local governments, have their local officials arrested, and work up to the “cowards and traitors” throughout all levels of government.
According to the SPLC, John Guandolo had his accreditation withdrawn in 2018, after his organization, UTT (“Understanding The Threat”) was found to be teaching anti-Muslim hatred in his training sessions, telling attendees that all Muslims share ISIS ideology and want to destroy America and establish Sharia law. He argued that Islamic worship centers should not have the rights of Christian churches, and actually ended up the subject of a restraining order after getting into a physical altercation with a Minnesota sheriff.
Since then he’s expressed support for other right-wing extremist, including, according to Newsweek, praising the insurrectionists at the Capitol Building last year for their “restraint” in not actually executing lawmakers (who were hustled to a secure location before the attackers could reach them).
At that time, Guandolo said, “It is amazing to me that patriots haven’t strung up these traitors already.”
Radical right-wing activist John Guandolo reports that he is training local citizens to take over their towns, arrest their mayors, and then "start going after the cowards and the traitors" at all levels of government. https://t.co/VhgikwNkn0 pic.twitter.com/SBESbpm8uT
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) January 25, 2022
Now he says he’s training the folks who could carry out the next round. As seen in the clip above, he asserts that he’s teaching them to “do it lawfully but very aggressively,” and that he’s specifically tried to recruit pastors and sheriffs (despite no longer being accredited to train law enforcement).
“I started developing a program for citizens…actually training them on how to identify these folks in the community, and then showing them how to take actions to rip these people out of the community and punt them out of their county…These are bad people.”
Notably, he describes the shift in UTT’s role without mentioning the loss of accreditation to ‘train’ law enforcement.
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