Transcript for Former Homeland Security officials criticize Trump's comments on the election
A group of homeland security officials is criticizing the president's comments on the election. They issued a statement that says, inart, the president has wrongfully called into question the integrity and security of the 2020 U.S. Election, and is now inappropriatusing his office to undermine the democratic process, attempting to disenfranchise voters and delay the transition. Earlier I spoke with Elizabeth Neumann, the former dhs assistant secretary for counterterrorism. Mrs. Neumann, good morning. Thank you for joining us. I want to jump right to it here. Why did you decide to be part of this joint statement speaking out against your former boss, president trump, and what are your biggest concerns out his denial of the election results? You know, we have watched this president lay the groundwork for de-legitimatizing the election the entire campaign. So what we're Seng is not necessarily a surprise to us, but we do believe that the actions that he has been taking over the last few weeks have dangerous. -- Have been very, very dangerous. There are three reasons why. First is he is alleging that there's fraud in the election, and moving to a stage where he's trying to steal the on himsel Polls show most of trump supporters believe that the election was somehow rigged in Biden's favor. What needs to be done to convince American that is this election was safe and secure? This is probably the thing that's keeping me up at night the most. There is such a polarization in our country. This is going to continue well past inauguration. It's going to be something that we need to work on for a long, long time, but in this very particular moment where there's a lot of tension, I work in extremism. I have been doing counterterrorism for 20 years. The conditions are right for violence, and it is really, really critical that we have credible voices, peoat were supporting Donald Trump, come out and clearly explain the facts to his supporters. He has not won the election. Forgive me. I have to press you on that a little bit because we heard that from people on election night as well, that the conditions were right for violence, but for the most part it turned out to be mostly peaceful. I'm so grateful for that. My personal concern was never for election day itself. It was for this period afterwards where one side or the other was going to lose, and you might see protests. We saw some of that lak at the rally in Washington, D.C., and you saw protests and counterprotest groups interact and there was some violence. I think we might see more of that, and I'm also once about acts of violence that are premeditated, not just spillover if you will because two groups run into each other on the street. The premeditated violence that people that are now talking about taking up arms, the rhetoric is increasing online. I hope that it's just bravado. I hope it's people letting off steam, but it would be great if some Republican leaders would treat this seriously. Have any number of voices saying, we are concerned, and their voice matters. So my call would be, Republican leaders, whether you're at local or state or federal position, if you supported trump previously, and you can recognize that he did not win, now's the time to come out, rationally explain to be upset about that, but violence is not the answer. Elizabeth Neumann, thank you for your time this morning. We appreciate it. Thanks for having me. I also asked her to respond to criticism from trump allies that she's just a disgruntled employee and a never Trumper. She said she's proud of that distinction. She wanted to speak out for what she believes is right during this time.
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