Fiona Hill said Sunday all 'immigrants like myself who came from war zones' see the danger in events like the January 6 Capitol riot – but the former Trump adviser is from the United Kingdom.
When asked about people calling it an overreaction that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley called the attack a coup, Hill said they should speak to immigrants from countries who have experienced similar events.
'Well, people are saying that because they don't have any personal experience of these kinds of events,' she told CBS News' Face the Nation on Sunday morning.
'I can certainly tell you as an immigrant, as somebody who came to the United States in 1989 against the backdrop of the crumbling of the Berlin Wall and the backdrop of the end of the Cold War,' Hill said, 'I also know immigrants like myself who came from war zones, who came from places like the former Yugoslavia or places like Sri Lanka, which is being pulled apart by civil war and conflict. Afghanistan, Syria, you know, you name it.'
'All of the people that I know who are immigrants are looking around and saying, 'Can't people see this?' she continued.
'We've come from war torn societies,' Hill said. 'All of the hallmarks are here.'
'So perhaps, you know, Americans should talk to some of their neighbors who've come from somewhere else and who came to the United States to flee just this kind of occurrence and have them tell them what their personal experience was.'
Hill was born and raised in England and came to America in the early 1990s for graduate school and in the late 1990s earned her doctorate at Harvard. She became a U.S. citizen in 2002.
Since her birth in 1965, Hill's home country has not experienced any war within its borders.
Fiona Hill, a British-born former Trump national security aide, said Sunday that 'immigrants like myself who came from war zones' see the writing on the wall of the dangers of the January 6 attack
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She said the events are similar to leads up of a coup in other war-torn countries, which she suggested she immigrated from despite being born and raised in England