Preet Bharara: Trump just isn’t going to cease making individuals imagine insane issues and it's extremely harmful [Video]
Donald Trump is a much weaker figure than it was a year ago. He's obviously no longer the president and doesn't have the massive platform that comes with office. And he has been banned from Twitter where millions of people have listened to his swear words.
But many still get his message across. Polls show that much of Republican voters still believe Trump won the election. And as long as Trump drives crazy ideas, says Preet Bharara, he is a very dangerous man.
CNN presenter Wolf Blitzer asked the former US attorney: "You know, as you say, it is incredible to see how senior Justice Department officials reacted and called it [Trump's election conspiracies] "sheer madness". But the former president and his supporters embraced this madness. How dangerous is that? "
“I think some people tend not to think that this is so dangerous because the former president left office. There is great concern, if he were to leave peacefully, Joe Biden would be allowed to take office. It's still incredibly dangerous because people who believe in crazy things can perpetuate cheating on other people. People believe insane things, especially the big lie of getting involved in riots like January 6th, that could happen again. Continuation of the big lie fueled by other bigger lies including crazy stories about Italian satellites changing voices in the United States of America that there is no evidence that a reasonable person would not believe there was evidence of that lead to people becoming involved in anti-democratic behavior. "
Bharara isn't the only one concerned about potential violence from offended Trump supporters. The FBI is reportedly concerned that once it becomes clear that Trump is out of office, QAnon believers could become increasingly violent.
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