Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant: The FBI itself is part of a racist and repressive security and state apparatus.
Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant: "The FBI itself is part of a racist and repressive security and state apparatus." democracy now

Here's Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant's latest appearance on Democracy Now!

The interview focuses on President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

That firing, Sawant says, "puts on display the authoritarian streak of the Trump administration." But "I don't think the most important question is whether or not a certain FBI director was fired."

"The FBI itself is part of a racist and repressive security and state apparatus," Sawant says. "It has a long track record of targeting activists, black activists... I think a lot of people correctly want Trump out. I want Trump out. But I want Trump, the Republicans, the billionaire class, and the security state out of power."

To accomplish that, Sawant says activists cannot wait for "smoking gun," but that instead "right now the time is ripe to really build social movements." As she has before, Sawant also credits massive nationwide airport protests in January as a "decisive factor in giving Trump his first stinging defeat" on his travel ban. That, she says, is a sign that mass movements can change policy. (Indeed, those protests were historic, though it was legal action that ultimately stopped the ban.)