The powers-that-be have sent out their talking points, and now the Propaganda Ministry is pulling out all the stops to propagate them among Americans. My latest in American Greatness:
No one knows where these talking points come from, but it’s quite clear where they’re going. The political and media elites have wholeheartedly embraced the strategy of likening the January 6 Capitol rioters (and by extension, all of Donald Trump supporters) to al-Qaeda and President Trump himself to Osama bin Laden.
It’s as ridiculous as it is offensive, but the agenda is clear: marginalize, silence, and ultimately criminalize all dissent from the far-Left agenda, under the guise of “protecting our democracy.”
One of the leading propagators of this myth has been, not surprisingly, disgraced former FBI Director James Comey, who said this on “The View” Friday about the Capitol rioters: “They are terrorists. They are people bent on coercing a civilian government—attacking our democracy—because of their warped view of reality.”
It was, he said, all Trump’s fault: “This is how al-Qaida radicalized: a constant, constant torrent of lies at vulnerable people. Well, we have millions of vulnerable people in this country who’ve consumed these lies, and some portion of them have been radicalized to the point where they believe they’re on the side of the angels and have to engage in violence directed against us. So it’s a serious threat, it’s a terrorist threat, and Donald Trump and his enablers—we want to make sure we keep the receipts, ’cause a lot of people are going to deny they had any connection to it come a few months from now—but that group of people has radicalized a group of terrorists.”
Comey did not originate this comparison. Back on January 12, former Homeland Security Department official Juliette Kayyem (who almost certainly didn’t originate it, either) wrote:
Keeping Trump in office until January 20 won’t assuage the supporters who falsely believe that the election was stolen from him, but removing him from office a week early would emphasize that he is losing. Recruitment is easier for a winning team. As the Islamic State and al-Qaeda both discovered after their apexes, getting people to take up arms is harder when the cause is in decline.
That same day, Kayyem tweeted: “Trump is the spiritual leader for domestic terrorists and he is their operational leader. He tells them what to do. Now, total isolation. 25th A. Yes. Impeachment. Yes. Deplatforming. Yes. We are still in the tactical phase of a counterterrorism effort. Enough with unity.”
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