Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief Peter Newsham on Monday said that violent acts initiated Saturday night by the Proud Boys and other Donald Trump supporters protesting the results of the presidential election are being investigated as hate crimes.
At least four people were stabbed, four churches in the district sustained property damage and Black Lives Matter signs were ripped down and burned. MPD released a photo gallery of the suspects.
Monday afternoon the Lincoln Project’s Steve Schmidt likened those D.C. protestors to the Nazi brownshirts, or Sturmabteilung, the Nazi Party’s original paramilitary wing. “We should all be terrified about what we saw in Washington, D.C., this weekend. We should think about what we saw this weekend in Washington, D.C.,” Schmidt said on MSNBC’s “Dateline White House.” “What is it that we saw this weekend in Washington? What was it? They weren’t wearing brown and black uniforms like they would have in Italy or in Germany in the 1920s or 1930s, but they’re the same people.”
“What we saw was right-wing violence in the nation’s capital,” said Schmidt. “This is political violence. This is a fascistic organization. When you have more than a majority of the Republicans in the House through their signing of that Amicus Brief making a political declaration. And let’s be clear about this … it’s a junk lawsuit. It’s like something out of a Seinfeld’ episode. It’s a political declaration. And that political declaration is one that you can’t walk back from. They’ve crossed the rubicon, so to speak. So when you look at Republicans you should look at them through this prisim.”
He went on to label Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wy.), the leader of the conservatives in the House and Rep. Kevin McCarthy, (R-Calif.) leader of the “autocrats.” “We now know that a very substantial portion of the Republican political establishment in this country is hostile to democracy,” Schmidt said.
You can watch the entirety of Schmidt’s remarks here, courtesy of MSNBC.