Saturday, August 28, 2021


In her latest column, Michelle Goldberg warns us that people at the fringes of American politics are taking a specific form of inspiration from the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
“We’ve come across a lot of content [at] U.S.-based extreme far-right websites saying how good the Taliban victory is, and why it’s good for their cause,” said Adam Hadley, director of Tech Against Terrorism, a U.N.-supported project that monitors extremists online.
Does she have an example? Yes, but she's chosen not to be specific about it.
One neo-Nazi website, which I won’t link to, has a tract hailing the Taliban victory in part for showing that a small band of armed fundamentalists can defeat the American empire.
I respect Goldberg's decision not to link to Nazis. But you don't need to go to open admirers of Hitler if you want to be told that maybe some Americans should do what the Taliban did. You just need to find the right Trump fan.
CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan spoke to a Donald Trump supporter who warned of a Taliban-like takeover in America if the former president isn’t restored to office.

O’Sullivan appeared on New Day Monday....

Stephen Palmer, one of the Trump supporters O’Sullivan spoke with at the Iowa State Fair in Des [Moines] ... darkly insinuated that America could go the same way as Afghanistan if that’s what it takes to return Trump to power.
There’s millions of guns here. You know, it took 11 days for them to take over Afghanistan. Wonder how many days — just asking for a friend — how many days it would take the patriots to take over this country. Think about it.
“You don’t want that to happen,” O’Sullivan responded.

“I don’t want it to happen,” Palmer said, “but if our country, our government, our Congress and Biden don’t get their heads out of their butt, it’s going to happen. I assure you. It’s coming.”

There's nothing fringe-y about this idea. It's mainstream conservatism.

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