Is President Trump sending “dog whistles” to a few of his advocates? That’s what previous FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe stated he feared Friday night during an appearance on HBO’s “Genuine Time with Bill Maher.”
Maher had asked McCabe about remarks Trump made to Breitbart News earlier this week, particularly Trump’s claim of having strong support from the country’s military, authorities and “bicycle riders.”
” It’s very disturbing and concerning,” McCabe stated. “I think he may be overstating a bit just how much assistance he has from the people and law enforcement and the military. The thing that worries me the most about statements like that is not is what he indicates, however what that audience really hears.”
” Which audience are we speaking about?” Maher asked
” So, those folks who are searching for the pet whistle and the coded language,” McCabe responded. “They get those wildly inappropriate and reckless texts and messages and statements and it worries me how they interpret what they’re hearing. And they see that as some sort of call to action.”
Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of McCabe’s shooting by previous U.S. Chief law officer Jeff Sessions. In a Twitter message the following day, President Trump stated McCabe’s ouster “a terrific day for the effort guys and females of the FBI.”
On Friday, McCabe defended his former FBI associates and their examination into Trump’s possible connections to Russia, firmly insisting the work was not done “based upon politics.” The former acting director, who will turn 51 on Monday, likewise defended the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails.
” What we found was clearly inadequate to base a demand for a charge on,” McCabe said.
Maher likewise asked McCabe about claims that Trump had ties to Russian the mob in the 1990 s and had laundered money for Russians.
” It’s entirely possible,” McCabe reacted. “I can’t sit here and confirm with you tonight, however it is completely possible.”
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Other visitors appearing on Maher’s show Friday included former Tallahassee, Fla., Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat who lost a bid for governor of Florida last year. Simply hours before his appearance on Maher’s program, Gillum had been inside a Los Angeles shopping mall when somebody reported an active shooter.
” We are out. We are safe,” Gillum tweeted later after authorities determined the reports of a gunman to be unfounded. “This is not regular.”
Gillum’s time as mayor (2014-2018) consisted of a minimum of one highly advertised shooting incident: Last August, an armed suspect entered a Tallahassee venue where a video game competition was underway and started firing at guests, killing 2 of them prior to killing himself.