The following article contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.
WASHINGTON, DC- The left isn’t even trying to hide what they’re doing anymore. On the day before Twitter banned President Trump, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, and Sidney Powell from its platform, ABC News political editor Rick Klein called for the “cleansing” of Trump supporters.
If it sounds a bit like 1939 Germany, you’re on to something.
Ironically (or not), after critics slammed the article in which Klein advocated for such, the article appeared to have been “stealth edited.”
Political Director for @ABC News based in Washington DC appears to have deleted his tweet about the 75 million Americans who voted for Trump that talked about the challenge of “cleansing the movement.” pic.twitter.com/HS1Rwrn94S
— Omri Ceren (@omriceren) January 7, 2021
“Even aside from impeachment and 25th Amendment talk, Trump will be an ex-president in 13 days,” Klein and MaryAlice Parks wrote for The Note on Thursday.
“The fact is that getting rid of Trump is the easy part. Cleansing the movement [emphasis added] he commands or getting rid of what he represents to so many Americans is going to be something else.”
Klein shared the original post on Democrat state media, Twitter prior to it being deleted.
Klein’s use of the word “cleansing” drew sharp criticism from many on the right, who defined it as a term advocating violence in the same week where a violent mob embedded with Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.
“You may not like it, but it’s perfectly within Klein’s right to say everything he said,” according to Nick Kangadais of the Media Research Center.
“He can celebrate that Trump is leaving office all he wants. But it is the eight of hypocrisy for those in the media to condemn others for violent acts that are dwarfed in comparison to the consistent violence of the far left—one act doesn’t justify the other—and then go out and call for something like a ‘cleansing’ of people and think there’s nothing wrong with a statement like that.”
Klein directs ABC’s political coverage (shocker) and provides analysis all of its platforms.
The since-deleted tweet linked to an article he wrote in which he issued the same threat, along with what appeared to be a great deal of misinformation, Breitbart reported.
“Cleansing the movement he commands or getting rid of what he represents to so many Americans, is going to be something else.
“Back in June, President Donald Trump tweeted that he wanted anyone who ‘vandalizes or destroys any monument, statute, or other such Federal property’ to face punishment up to ’10 years in prison.’
“Of course he was threatening those in the streets protesting police violence and racial inequities with whom he disagreed.”
That would be incorrect. The president was of course referring to those “protesters” who were committing acts of violence, such as violent assaults on police officers, the looting and/or burning of businesses, and those who were destroying public monuments and memorials.
As is typical of liberals such as Klein, he only chooses to cherry pick “facts” which support his warped view of the world.
Klein made no mention whatsoever of the fact that the riots which took place over the late spring and summer were driven by the fantasy of systemic racism in pretty much “everything” if you were to listen to leftists like Klein.
Klein was mortified by the fact that it was federal property—the United States Capitol building that was the target of a small mob out of the hundreds of thousands of those in attendance. He of course expressed no such outrage over the 100+ straight nights a federal courthouse was under siege in Portland, Oregon.
We tried to find Klein’s response when far-left agitators entered the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, protesting the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. There were senators and staffers inside that office building when the unhinged leftists entered and refused to leave.
We also looked for Klein’s condemnation of far-left agitators and President Barack Obama when an unhinged mob of liberals laid siege to the Wisconsin State Capitol in 2011 during a right-to-work debate which was opposed by far-left public employee unions. That siege led to significant damage to the building, although nobody appeared to have been injured. What did we hear from Klein? Crickets.
Clearly what happened at the United States Capitol on Wednesday is unacceptable and those responsible need to be identified and prosecuted. However to group tens of millions of Trump supporters with those responsible for the circus in Washington last Wednesday is irresponsible, as well as dangerous.
With that said, where is Klein’s righteous indignation when it comes to the thousands of businesses which have been destroyed by left-wing anarchists who have coopted what should be peaceful protests for a cause some people believe in? These riots have been going on in some cities for over seven months, with no sign of abating. Is Klein calling them out, asking for their “cleansing?” No.
As John Nolte expressed in the Breitbart piece, the media, led by clowns such as Klein, have spent years “justifying, excusing and openly encourage[ing] the worst kind of political violence we’ve seen” in a lifetime.
That political violence did not merely involve trespassing and vandalism, but also involved crimes such as looting, arson and murder. As Nolte notes, while the Capitol building will recover, many of the businesses victimized by left-wing violence never will.
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Of course, Democrats, true to form have embraced the Rahm Emanuel platform—never let a crisis go to waste.
After the group embedded with supporters of the president laid siege to the Capitol on Wednesday, opponents of the president led by the usual suspects, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have called for invocation of the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.
Likewise, several members of the House have also indicated they will file articles of impeachment (again) on President Trump, despite the fact he’s only got 11 days left in his term. In other words, it’s a fool’s errand. Vice President Pence has already said he has no interest in pursuing the 25th Amendment.
President Trump was blamed for inciting the violence, which anyone who listened to his speech on Wednesday realizes couldn’t be further from the truth.
After Wednesday’s events, Biden came out and asked for “unity and healing.” That call was met on Friday with the widespread censorship of conservatives across social media, including the president himself. The fact that tech oligarchs have the balls to censor the leader of the free world should tell you all you need to know.
They were likely taking their marching orders from Michelle Obama, who called on the major tech tyrants to permanently ban President Trump from their platforms on Thursday. Guess we know who’s running the show.
Ben Domenech, publisher of The Federalist predicted on Fox Business’ Kennedy that the left will soon turn their attention to regular Americans after targeting President Trump.
“This is going to be the moment that is used as an excuse to shut down, to shutter, to undermine, deplatform everyone, not just people who are political actors…just regular human beings who happen to support the president or be members of the Republican Party,” he told the host.
Domenech noted that he expected Big Tech companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat are going to go far beyond the president.
Speaking to those who attended the “Save America” rally in Washington this past Wednesday, Domenech had a stark warning.
“They are going to see their businesses libeled,” he told Kennedy. “They’re going to see themselves de-platformed, undermined and make it impossible for them to run advertising, engage with people in a normal manner.”
“It’s ridiculous. It’s absurd, and frankly, it’s unAmerican,” Domenech said. “it’s something that I think is really terrible for our public debate, but it’s going to happen, unfortunately.”
You want to know why over 74 million people voted for President Trump? There you have it. These tyrants will walk all over Joe Biden, with far-left liberals like Klein cheering all the way.