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The establishment does not limit itself to comparing former President Trump’s followers to Al-Qaeda. After saying that they should be treated as Jihadists have been treated in the past (i.e., the war on terrorism, missile strikes and military mobilization of the army against them), MSNBC now insinuates that “just as they have dealt with terrorists in the past” Donald Trump should be dealt with now.
MSNBC has denounced what they call “violence of the conservative right.” However, it doesn’t think twice about calling for a drone strike against President Trump.
During his appearance, MSNBC’s recurring guest Clint Watts decided to compare President Trump to Islamic terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki. “If you took what President Trump said and put it in Anwar’s mouth, we’d be talking about a drone strike overseas,” Watts said. He added that domestic terrorists (which to him are Trump supporters), are more dangerous than extremists abroad because they have greater access to weapons of different types.
Comparing what former President Trump has said and done to what the terrorist did is simply insane. Awlaki was the most prominent leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and his intention was to turn Yemen into Al Qaeda’s main base.
Awlaki was responsible for the foiled attack he attempted to perpetrate with package bombs found in November 2010 on planes in Dubai and the United Kingdom bound for the United States. The bomber was shot down by a drone in 2011 near the Saudi Arabian border.
But in another segment, host Nicolle Wallace insisted on that same narrative.
“A bulletin reveals that as of April, domestic terrorism threats are being assessed based on the ideologies that the election was stolen and that pandemic restrictions are unnecessary, which were spread by President Trump,” Wallace begins by commenting.
“But my question to you is more directed towards what is incitement,” she clarifies and continues, “we had a policy that was very controversial, carried forward during the Bush years and the Obama years: attacking terrorism at the root; that is, pursuing and killing and – in the case of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American… a Yemeni-American – killing him with a drone strike for the crime of inciting violence, inciting terrorism.”
The media vs Trump’s followers
MSNBC, however, is not the only media outlet that has dedicated itself to labeling former President Trump’s followers as terrorists and insinuating that they should be neutralized as such. For the Washington Examiner, former CIA officer Kevin Carroll published an article where he compares citizens to Jihad terrorists and calls for their persecution.
“We defeated Al Qaeda, and we can do the same to the Fascist thugs who attacked our democracy last month.” Then, Carroll goes on to say that the USA mercilessly “pursued foreign terrorists after the attacks of September 11, 2001, and we must do the same with their domestic counterparts.”
In a similar vein, former CIA Counterterrorism Center Director Robert Grenier published an article for The New York Times stating that “the Proud Boys, the Three Percenters, the Oath-Keepers, the ‘Christian’ national chauvinists are engaged in violent extremism.” Grenier called the events of January 6th an “insurgency” and called for these so-called extremists to be “defeated” as if they were an enemy army.
In an interview with NPR, Grenier, after comparing former President Trump’s supporters to Al-Qaeda, added that “the goal of our campaign [in Afghanistan] was, yes, to go after Al-Qaeda, but primarily to eliminate the supportive environment in which they were able to live and thrive. And that meant fighting the Taliban.”
Rafael Valera, Venezuelan, student of Political Science, political exile in São Paulo, Brazil since 2017 // Rafael Valera, venezolano, es estudiante de Ciencias Políticas y exiliado político en São Paulo, Brasil desde 2017