White, male, Trump-voting troops MAY BETRAY Biden at inauguration, Dem Congressman suggests, in prediction even CNN finds crazy
With the FBI screening National Guard troops for potential animosity toward Joe Biden, Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen reckons the soldiers’ gender and skin color are proof enough to suspect them of plotting “insurrection.”
Following the pro-Trump riot on Capitol Hill earlier this month, Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday will take place in a locked-down Washington DC, behind security fencing and a human wall of more than 20,000 soldiers. And, in an unprecedented move, both the army and FBI are vetting each and every one of them for links to right-wing extremism.
Speaking to CNN on Monday, the Tennessee Representative stated that the National Guard is “90 some-odd percent male,” and the fact that “only about 20 percent of white males voted for Biden” is enough reason to suspect dissent among the ranks deployed in Washington. Cohen claimed that “75 percent” of the troops “might want to do something” during the inauguration.
.@RepCohen on his concerns w/ the National Guard securing the Inauguration: “The [National] Guard is 90 some-odd percent male; and only about 20 percent of white males voted for Biden … there are probably not more than 25% of the people there protecting us that voted for Biden” pic.twitter.com/ofQfLuCw8I— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 18, 2021
Guardsmen, like any other military personnel, take an oath to defend the Constitution of the US, and not a political loyalty test. Cohen’s suggestion that the majority of troops should be viewed with suspicion was a step too far even for CNN, whose host, Don Lemon, compared President Donald Trump's supporters last week to the “Klan” and “Nazis.”
“To have voted for Trump does not make you an insider threat,” CNN’s chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto responded. “Is there anything you’ve seen to substantiate just how broad this insider threat may be, if it exists?”Also on rt.com US Capitol put on lockdown over ‘exterior security threat’ after fire erupts in nearby area outside complex (VIDEO)
Cohen admitted he hadn’t seen any evidence to back up his claims, but went on to say that “if you draw a circle” around “people who were for Trump and not for Biden,” everyone in that circle would be “folks that you’d be suspect of (sic).”
Online, conservatives hammered Cohen’s narrow vision of Biden’s promised “unity and healing.”
“They just can’t help themselves,” one wrote. “Our troops are defending the Capitol but Dems still hate them.”
They just can’t help themselves. Our troops are defending the Capitol but Dems still hate them. https://t.co/xCOehW8ep3— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) January 18, 2021
Hmmm, does a Democratic congressman really want to suggest that if you voted for Trump you might be a seditionist? What happened to the idea that military people are professionals and do their jobs regardless of political preferences? https://t.co/EGTfALYBYV— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) January 18, 2021
That Cohen made his racially charged statement on Martin Luther King Jr. Day added an extra layer of irony, given King’s exhortation that his fellow Americans be judged not “by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
The mainstream media has been suspicious of Trump’s supporters for a long time, and since the events on Capitol Hill, reporters have described them as “extremists,” and “domestic terrorists,” and a movement that should be “cleansed” from public life. Much like Cohen, journalists have called Trump’s most vocal supporters “white supremacists” who voted for Trump out of “toxic masculinity.” Even Trump’s black and minority supporters were described in a Washington Post op-ed last week as suffering from “multiracial Whiteness.”Also on rt.com Democrats fawn over Biden’s INDOGERATION, as DC locked down ‘like Baghdad’ for the real thing
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