Former FBI Agent Doesn’t Believe President’s Comments Will Incite Violence

Sep 30, 2020, 8:17 PM | Updated: Oct 1, 2020, 3:26 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A former FBI agent who spent 20 years infiltrating extremist groups and white supremacist organizations doesn’t believe President Donald Trump’s comments in his first debate against former Vice President Joe Biden will incite violence by these groups in Utah.

During Tuesday night’s debate, President Trump refused to condemn white supremacists and said to the far right group known as the Proud Boys, “Proud Boys… stand back and stand by.”

Members of the Proud Boy organization in Utah have been seen at a variety of rallies.

Greg Rogers said for the most part these extremist organizations across the country are not violent.

“Small percentages are violent, the vast majority aren’t,” Rogers told KSL-TV.

Rogers was an FBI agent for 30 years – 20 of those he spent doing undercover work.

“The vast majority like going to meetings,” he said. “They like carrying guns and acting like they are in the military.”

Rogers spent much of his time in other states outside of Utah, because he said these organization were not big in the Beehive State.

“There is a small chapter of the Proud Boys here, but they are ineffective and tiny,” said Rogers. “As far as the question goes, ‘Are they going to do anything violent because of the answer [the president gave],’ is no. They’re going to be thrilled [with his response].”

Lex Scott, the founder of Black Lives Matter in Salt Lake, said the president’s comments only add fuel to the fire. She said she was worried about her safety.

“It’s threatening to any Black and brown person in this nation. The president is telling white supremacists to ‘Stand back and stand by,’ and the Proud Boys are celebrating this,” said Scott. “I think there is a real threat there of terrorism and that there are extremist. We’ve seen them attack Black and brown people in the past.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

The aftermath of the 15 to 20 acre Magna fire. (Credit: Isaiah Salazar)...
Michael Houck

Firefighters battled against two smaller fires Sunday night

While fire crews battled against the Deuel Creek Fire in Centerville, other first responders handled two other blazes Sunday night.
1 day ago
An RV completely burns down on I-16, shutting down southbound traffic. (Credit: UDOT)...
Michael Houck

RV completely burns down on I-15

On Monday afternoon, an RV was engulfed in flames shutting down Interstate 15.
1 day ago
Refugees study for the US citizenship test....
Erin Cox

Rolling the dice for citizenship: Refugees join SLC English program for citizenship application

There’s a unique program here in Utah designed to help refugees and immigrants with their citizenship applications.
1 day ago
Chief Craft on Traverse...
Ladd Egan

‘It’s just primed to burn right now’: Lehi fire chief urges caution with fireworks during windy conditions

After the devastating fire in 2020, Lehi fire officials are worried about another blaze hitting their community.
1 day ago
The burn scars of the Deuel Creek Fire....
Jed Boal

‘There’s smoke everywhere’: residents recall evacuating during the Deuel Creek Fire

“I came out running and looked up, and there’s just like smoke everywhere;” residents tell their stories of evacuating late at night during the Deuel Creek fire.
1 day ago
Barnes on the USU campus. (Credit: Utah State University)...
Michael Houck

Suspect arrested for leaving lewd images across USU campus

Police booked a man for leaving pictures of his genitals and exposing himself across Utah State University's Logan campus.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

hand holding 3d rendering mobile connect with security camera for security solutions...
Les Olson

Wondering what security solutions are right for you? Find out more about how to protect your surroundings

Physical security helps everyone. Keep your employees, clients, and customers safe with security solutions that protect your workplace.
Many rattan pendant lights, hay hang from the ceiling.Traditional and simple lighting....
Lighting Design

The Best Ways to Style Rattan Pendant Lighting in Your Home

Rattan pendant lights create a rustic and breezy feel, and are an easy way to incorporate this hot trend into your home decor.
Earth day 2022...

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day 2022? | 4 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can be more environmentally conscious. Here are some tips for celebrating Earth Day.
Get Money Online...

More Ways to Get Money Online Right Now in Your Spare Time

Here are 4 easy ways that you can get more money online if you have some free time and want to make a little extra on the side.
Lighting trends 2022...

Lighting Trends 2022 | 5 Beautiful Home Lighting Trends You Can Expect to See this Year and Beyond

This is where you can see the latest lighting trends for 2022 straight from the Lightovation Show at the Dallas World Trade Center.
What Can't You Throw Away in the Trash...

What Can’t You Throw Away in the Trash? | 5 Things You Shouldn’t Throw in to Your Trash Can

What can't you throw away in the trash? Believe it or not, there are actually many items that shouldn't be thrown straight into the trash.
Former FBI Agent Doesn’t Believe President’s Comments Will Incite Violence