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From GOP chair to militias, the right issues baseless warnings about armed IRS thugs

The IRS's Criminal Investigation unit is tasked with “investigating potential criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code, and related financial crimes, in a manner that fosters confidence in the tax system and compliance with the law. David Gergen: The idea that the IRS is up to something has been percolating for months. He says the agency buys hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of ammunition every year. Gergen says the IRS does that every year, and it does it do that every few years, but it buys a lot of ammunition. Gerget: The IRS has spent about $675,000 a year on ammunition since 2010 to 2017, and the agency does that a lot more in the U.S. is a law enforcement agency.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) used similar language to impugn the tax-collection agency. The IRS is probably fully prepared to execute an enforcement action against a small-business owner who violates the law. Both Grassley and McDaniel are portraying the IRS as the Biden administration’s secret police in much the same way as the militia guy who identifies himself as being from the militia. Their motivation is to appeal to a group of Americans who are primed to see IRS as a nefarious, dangerous entity.