Has it really come to this?
On her MSNBC show today, Tiffany Cross, citing a Washington Post article, expressed concern about QAnon believers or MAGA supporters "infiltrating" the Secret Service.
MSNBC terrorism analyst Malcom Nance replied:
"What I'm afraid of as a counter-terrorism specialist is that they're going to get an Indira Gandhi situation, where one of her bodyguards killed her. Rajiv Gandhi, one of the guests, one of the bodyguards allowed a woman with a suicide bomb next to him, and blew him up. All bets are off now, right?"
In the course of his comments, Nance branded former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino of Parler and the Bongino Report a "top insurrectionist."
Note: Nance seemed to suggest that Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated at the same time as Indira Gandhi. Indian PM Indira Gandhi was assassinated in 1984. Her son Rajiv, who subsequently became Prime Minister, was assassinated in 1991.
Here's the transcript.
The Cross Connection
10:48 am ET
TIFFANY CROSS: Let me ask you, because we're running out of time, and I really want to get to this. According to reporting, the Washington Post ran about Secret Service agents being asked to step down essentially. That they’re reassigning Secret Service agents to President-elect Joe Biden because there were concerns about QAnon believers and, you know, strong-hearted MAGA supporters infiltrating the Secret Service.
The Secret Service does not just guard the president. They don't just guard the vice-president. They guard a lot of leadership within our country. How concerned should we be that these violent insurrectionists have infiltrated certain parts of our law enforcement, particularly Secret Service, and, quite frankly, law enforcement across the country?
MALCOLM NANCE: You know, until recently I believed that these organizations like the Secret Service, US Marshals, other federal law-enforcement agencies, were what I call a jealous organization. They are jealous of their role and their loyalty to that job.
But let me point out one of the top, you know, insurrectionists, you know, people, who stokes radio every day, is Dan Bognino [sic, Bongino], the owner of Parler. He was an ex-Secret Service officer, under Barack Obama.
The head of, they had taken one of the senior Secret Service officers out of the Secret Service, and made him a political appointee for Donald Trump. And now they’ve put him back into the Secret Service.
What I'm afraid of as a counter-terrorism specialist is that they're going to get an Indira Gandhi situation, where one of her bodyguards killed her, right? Rajiv Gandhi, one of the guests, one of the bodyguards allowed a woman with a suicide bomb next to him, and blew him up.
All bets are off now, right? A full scrub of the United States government has to be done to ensure that all members of government, no matter their party, are kept safe.
CROSS: Nance, I've got to tell you, I sat next to you at a party before. The national security security stories you tell on a global scale are quite compelling. So thank you so much for bringing some context to this conversation and you’ll definitely be back on The Cross Connection. So thank you for making the time this Saturday morning.