Rep. Andy Biggs took aim at what he perceived as a double standard when it comes to the attention paid to extremist groups, with right-wing groups getting disproportionately more attention.
“Think of how many small businesses & communities would have been saved from destruction & terror if the FBI had treated leftwing organizations with the same standard as they have treated far-rightwing organizations over the past 2 months,” Biggs said on Twitter. “There must be one standard of justice.”
Think of how many small businesses & communities would have been saved from destruction & terror if the FBI had treated leftwing organizations with the same standard as they have treated far-rightwing organizations over the past 2 months.
There must be one standard of justice.
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) March 3, 2021
Biggs’s comment comes as the FBI has aggressively pursued suspects involved in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, with over 300 people charged in connection to the incident so far.
It also came after FBI Director Christopher Wray testified during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, telling lawmakers that the attack on the Capitol was “domestic terrorism” and pointing his finger at right-wing extremists for being responsible.
“Unfortunately, Jan. 6 was not an isolated event,” Wray said. “The problem of domestic terrorism has been metastasizing across the country for a long time now, and it’s not going away anytime soon.”
Democratic lawmakers have also taken an aggressive approach to reining in far-right groups in the wake of the riot, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi advocating for a 9/11-type commission to investigate the attack.
Meanwhile, Republicans have accused Democrats of all but ignoring the violence that plagued much of the country throughout the summer. Left-wing extremist groups such as antifa were mostly responsible for riots that resulted in billions of dollars in property damage, but those attacks have faced little scrutiny from federal law enforcement, Democratic lawmakers, and the media.
“We have had Democrats for a year, cheering on,” Sen. Ted Cruz said of the alleged double standard. “We have seen violence all over the country. We’ve seen riots all over the country. What do the Democrats do, they cheered it on. They celebrated.”