MSNBC host Nicole Wallace introduced a panel segment on the ongoing threat from domestic extremists (read: Trump supporters) by recalling the manner in which the U.S. in the past dealt with foreign terrorists. In the video that follows, Wallace minces no words in pinpointing the source of the threat: “ideologies pushed by Donald Trump,” chief among them the belief that the election was fraudulent. “My question for you,” she goes on to add, addressing the panel, “is around incitement. We had a policy — and it was very controversial — [of] attacking terrorism at its root, of going after and killing [terrorists] … with a drone strike for the crime of inciting violence, inciting terrorism.”
The segment ends before we get a chance to hear what the assembled “experts” have to say, but Wallace’s words are enough to raise serious concerns. Concerns not only over whether she is actually advocating drone strikes on American civilians — like Anwar al-Awlaki, whom she mentions by name — but over how her “advice” will be received by the likes of Antifa and Black Lives Matter. We have already witnessed armed incursions especially by the first of these groups. Could Wallace’s words incite these groups (speaking of incitement!) to target Americans on, say, the basis of their skin color (i.e., white)?
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This whole business over the Capitol riots long ago passed the overreaction threshold and entered the realm of the absurd: Witness House Democrats’ televised pseudo-therapeutic “story hour” this past week. Nicole Wallace and MSNBC need to be held accountable for this message, which may be too late to retract. (RELATED: New Democratic mantra: All Republicans are white nationalists)