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WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - The secretary of the Department of Homeland Security believes the United States should be more concerned about terror attacks being carried out by domestic extremists than by foreign terrorists.
Alejandro Mayorkas, head of DHS, speaking at ground zero in New York on the 21st anniversary of 9/11, told MSNBC's Jonathan Capehart exactly what kind of individuals may pose an "extremist" threat to today's government establishment.
"We are seeing an emerging threat, of course, over the last several years of the domestic violent extremist. The individual here in the United States radicalized to violence by a foreign terrorist ideology but also an ideology of hate, anti-government sentiment, false narratives propagated on online platforms, even personal grievances," declared Secretary Mayorkas on Sunday.
Mayorkas has consistently harped against domestic extremism since the Jan. 6, 2021 protest at the Capitol. The DHS secretary called it the greatest threat in the country today.
"We are very focused on domestic violent extremism. It is the greatest threat, terrorist-related threat, that we face in our homeland," Mayorkas told NBC less than three months after Jan. 6.
In late February 2021, Mayorkas announced the DHS would spend at least $77 million to fight back against "the most significant terrorist threat facing the nation" that "comes from lone offenders and small groups of individuals who commit acts of violence motivated by domestic extremist ideological beliefs."
The FBI and the Department of Justice piled on to fight against domestic extremists. FBI director Christopher Wray told a Senate committee in September 2021 that domestic terrorism has "exploded" in recent months and will continue to grow. In January 2022, the DOJ opened a new unit to investigate domestic terrorism acts.
Domestic extremism fear-mongering has been a prominent part of the Democrat's playbook as the 2022 election cycle continues.
Also on Sunday, Vice President Kamala Harris, speaking on NBC's Meet the Press, said she is "very concerned" about the message America is sending to the world about democracy. Harris went on to say there is a domestic threat that makes the United States "weaker."
WATCH: @VP Harris says she's "very concerned" about the message the U.S. is sending on democracy.— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) Sept. 11, 2022
"There are 11 people right now running for secretary of state, the keepers of the integrity of the voting system of their state, who are election deniers." pic.twitter.com/gDfpBy9YTL
Citing 2020 election skeptics running for public office as well as politicians who refuse to amplify the Left's narrative on Jan. 6, Harris remarked that the nation's "commitment" to democracy is being questioned.
Speaking on the anniversary of the Jan. 6 protests, Harris equated 9/11, Jan. 6 and Pearl Harbor.
"Certain dates echo throughout history, including dates that instantly remind all who have lived through them, where they were and what they were doing when our democracy came under assault," Harris began.
"Dates that occupy not only a place on our calendars but a place in our collective memory: Dec. 7, 1941, Sept. 11, 2001 and Jan. 6, 2021," the vice president added.
Speaking on the recent anniversary of 9/11, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) also compared the 9/11 terror attacks to what Trump supporters did on Jan. 6.
In her remarks on the one-year anniversary of Jan. 6, Kamala Harris compares the day to Pearl Harbor and 9/11. pic.twitter.com/TI17jNfDfo— MRCTV (@mrctv) Jan. 6, 2022
"Here we are 20 years later, and the attack on the symbol of our democracy was not coming from terrorists, but it came from literally insurgents attacking the Capitol on Jan. 6," Sen. Warner, the Senate Intelligence Committee chair explained.
Conservative voices have slammed Secretary Mayorkas, VP Harris and other politicians for their 9/11 anniversary comments.
Speaking on Monday, Fox News' Tucker Carlson ripped into Harris after she compared Trump-supporting Americans to the 9/11 hijackers.
"There is no group of Americans anywhere in the United States half as dangerous as the 9/11 hijackers. To suggest otherwise is literally insane. Drawing a parallel between the election justice protests of Jan. 6 and the fall of the Twin Towers — true lunacy," Carlson commented.
Fox News' Greg Gutfeld also criticized Mayorkas for his comments.
"That is a government official basically taking a crap on 9/11," Gutfeld exclaimed after showing a clip of Mayorkas.
"He basically marginalized the memories of those people by equating it to some kind of political agenda. It's absolutely disgusting,” Gutfeld added.
"Innocent people were forced to jump from burning buildings to their death on 9/11. Police held doors open for grandma to walk through the Capitol on 1/6. People comparing the two are soulless clowns," the tweet states.