Last Updated on May 15, 2022
Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) has asked why the firebombing of a Madison-based pro-life non-profit is not being investigated as an instance of domestic terrorism. The FBI’s definition of domestic terrorism states that the classification is reserved for ideologically driven attacks, which Johnson referenced in a formal letter. A far-left group has claimed responsibly for the attack, which it called retaliation for the upcoming Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade.
“I want to reemphasize that your silence on this abhorrent attack against a pro-life organization is deafening and your continued silence could be construed as a tacit endorsement of such attacks against those who hold different or opposing political beliefs from those of this Administration,” wrote Senator Ron Johnson in a letter to federal law enforcement heads.
Federal law enforcement chiefs, as well as President Biden, have yet to comment on the attack. This includes DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and FBI Director Christopher Wray.
What actions are DOJ, FBI, and DHS taking to assist state and local law enforcement regarding incidents of harassment, intimidation, and potential domestic threats against pro-life organizations?” Johnson continued.
A left-wing extremist group called “Jane’s Revenge” has claimed responsibility for the attack on the offices of Wisconsin Family Action.
Law enforcement officials said that two Molotov cocktails were thrown into one of the building’s offices after a window was smashed. Nobody was injured in the attack, though the building sustained fire damage.
“Wisconsin is the first flashpoint, but we are all over the US, and we will issue no further warnings,” the far-left group said in a statement.
While federal officials have yet to respond to Ron Johnson’s letter, both they and President Biden were quick to label Saturday’s Buffalo shooting as an act of domestic terrorism. In addition, both Biden and DHS chief Mayorkas vowed to crack down on “white supremacy” following the attack.
“Any act of domestic terrorism, including an act perpetrated in the name of a repugnant white nationalist ideology, is antithetical to everything we stand for in America. Hate must have no safe harbor,” Biden wrote in a statement Sunday. “We must do everything in our power to end hate-fueled domestic terrorism.”
Critics have taken note of President Biden’s seemingly selective definition of domestic terrorism. After a black nationalist intentionally plowed into a crowd of mostly white paradegoers last November, Biden condemned the “senseless act of violence” but did not classify it as domestic terrorism or mention the attacker’s race.