For as long as any of us can remember, Donald Trump’s political career has been fraught with wild and unkempt suggestions about the quality and temperament of his base.
This is a common tactic used by the Democrats, whose virtue-signaling prowess allows them to shamelessly turn their noses up in the air to demean their political rivals.
But there is a line to be drawn, and an MSNBC personality just crossed it.
MSNBC contributor and Boston Globe columnist Kimberly Atkins Stohr said Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Deadline” that former President Donald Trump’s radicalization of Americans with propaganda is the “exact same” way groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS build their following.
Atkins Stohr said, “I don’t know what the Justice Department will do. As an attorney, I feel like there is so much basis for an investigation if not moving forward with chargers, but I do know that Merrick Garland is meticulous and careful and thoughtful, so these things will move more slowly than we want.”
Here is where it gets ugly:
She added, “One thing that I’ve really come away with in terms of how Republicans writ large see what’s happening, particularly with yesterday’s hearing, is that what we saw was…evidence that the president called on not only right-wing groups like the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys, but also really galvanized everyday Americans with language that was false, with propaganda to encourage them to come to Washington, D.C., and fight for a lie. What that is, is radicalization. If this was done in the name of Al-Qaeda or of ISIS, we would have the Republican Party all over this, but what we saw is that exact same thing happening to American citizens that led up to an attempted coup at the Capitol.”
It doesn’t take a political genius to understand that hate begets hate, and that these sort of imbecilic insinuations are only fueling the patriotic divide of our nation.