An opinion piece published in the USA Today argued that Republicans who voted to remove Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) from her leadership position are a “bigger threat” than Islamic terrorists.
How we got here: The piece came in response to the GOP party’s decision to oust Cheney from her No.3 position in the House and replace her with Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY). Cheney’s removal comes after she repeatedly slammed former President Trump, accusing him of spreading misinformation about the election and for the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot.
The op-ed, penned by deputy editorial page editor David Mastio, points to comments by former Lincoln Project adviser Kurt Bardella that suggested the GOP is “worse” than “Al Qaeda, Usama bin Laden [and] the Taliban.”
Mastio wrote he was “inclined to agree” with the criticism that Bardella faced for his remarks, but insisted that “the events of Jan. 6 are different.”
“[I]t is pretty clear that the violence was politically targeted. In other words, terrorism,” he wrote in the piece. “This lie is like throwing gasoline on a fire. It guarantees further violence. The American people are unique. We do not passively accept our fate at the hands of tyrants. If our democracy is being stolen, we will rise up in arms. If I thought our democracy was being stolen, I’d have joined in support of the broader Jan. 6 protests, if not the violence.”
Cheney’s ouster should “alarm all fact-based Americans who believe in our country,” Mastio argues.
“After 9/11, the leaders, financiers and backers of the terrorists had had their one shot at tearing America down. Their only hope was to hide in caves and pray we wouldn’t find them. After Jan. 6, the leaders, financiers and backers of the insurrection feel no such fear,” Mastio continued. “As surely as the terrorists of 9/11 wanted to tear down American democracy in 2001, the terrorists of Jan. 6 want to tear down our democracy as well, even as they pose as its defenders. And unlike the Sept. 11 attackers, they are going to get another chance.”
He then suggested false claims about election fraud were more damaging to the U.S. than the 9/11 attacks.
“Yes, 9/11 cost many more lives than Jan. 6 has so far, but comparing the two attacks is reasonable because the Big Lie is more dangerous to our way of life than the 2001 terrorists’ medieval ideology ever was,” he wrote.
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