MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Monday said it is “critical” for the FBI to launch the largest manhunt in U.S. history, to “drag” all of the people who breached the Capitol on Jan. 6 into prison, and for them to serve a sentence of 20 years for “committing sedition against the United States of America.”
Scarborough, alongside co-host Mika Brzezinski, discussed on “Morning Joe” the recent arrests and ongoing investigation by the FBI into the Capitol riots. Brzezinski began by going over some of the actions the FBI has recently taken in the investigation. (RELATED: ‘A Metaphor For America’: Rep. Ayanna Pressley ‘Haunted’ By Black Custodial Staff ‘Cleaning Up After White Supremacist Mobs’)
“The Department of Justice and the FBI are continuing their pursuit over those who stormed the U.S. Capitol just over one month ago. Over the past week, arrests have been made of alleged rioters across the country,” Brzezinski said, before listing some of the rioters who were arrested.
“The Guardian reports that all 56 FBI field offices are engaged in a huge investigation that ranks alongside the biggest the bureau has conducted. So far 235 people across 40 states have been arrested either by the FBI, Capitol police or local Washington, D.C. officers,” she continued.
The Capitol was stormed by supporters of former President Donald Trump seeking to stop the certification of the Electoral College vote by Congress. The storming followed a rally held by Trump near the White House, where he continued to push claims of widespread election fraud in the 2020 election and then called on the crowd to march on the Capitol.
“What is so disturbing is how comfortable every one of these terrorists are filming themselves while doing acts. Most mobs, most terrorists, they don’t take selfies of themselves while they are breaking into the United States Capitol, while they’re breaking into a government building, and then brag about it,” Scarborough chimed in. “These people obviously felt, for whatever reason, like they were beyond reproach, that they could be terrorists, they could go in and commit sedition against the United States by stopping a constitutional action by the United States Congress, and they wouldn’t be brought to justice.”
Many of the rioters were seen using social media on the day of the Capitol attack, with some who made it inside pausing to take pictures and video on the floor of the Senate.
The FBI has used this social media activity to make it easier to identify and track down some of the suspects. They also received hundreds of thousands of tips based off of the digital images taken around the Capitol that day.
“I think that’s all the more reason why it is critical that the FBI does launch the largest manhunt in U.S. History, drag all of these people into prison, recommend that they stay there, and if they’re inside the Capitol, for a full 20 years for committing sedition against the United States of America,” Scarborough said.