Malcolm Nance, a counterterrorism analyst for MSNBC, deleted a tweet on Wednesday that nominated Trump Towers in Istanbul as the next terrorist target for the Islamic State.
Despite the deletion, a screenshot was made of the tweet and proceeded to circulate online. Here is what Nance tweeted:
This is my nominee for the first ISIS suicide bombing of a Trump property.
Careful. Don’t want people to “misinterpret” exactly what you said. pic.twitter.com/UqQjI6w7vb
— neontaster (@neontaster) April 18, 2017
Nance, a retired U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer in naval cryptology, responded to a tweet that questioned President Donald Trump’s motives for congratulating Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for winning last week’s historic referendum. There have been suggestions that the president only congratulated the Turkish leader because of the hotel property in the country’s major city.
The former intelligence officer has yet to apologize for his remarks.
Nance has previously referred to President Trump as “the ISIS candidate.” In the past, he has regularly stated that terrorist attacks are nothing more than acts carried out by mentally ill individuals. For instance, last year, he described the ISIS-affiliated Nice, France truck killer as an “emotionally disturbed person.” Soon after the Orlando nightclub shooting incident, Nance said Omar Mateen was suffering from a “psychosexual problem.”
During an appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” he stated that Milo Yiannopolois, the conservative provocateur, wasn’t an American so he should “f— off.”
This isn’t the first time that someone in the mainstream media has openly advocated violence against the president. Over the last eighteen months, there have been numerous calls for violence and death threats thrown at the president as well as his supporters.
In January, according to The Daily Caller, Rupert Myers, a British correspondent issued a tweet, wondering if then-President Barack Obama could “kill” the real estate billionaire mogul:
Could Obama murder Trump and Pence, then Pardon himself? Asking for humanity.
Myers then deleted the tweet.
Josef Joffe, the editor-publisher of German weekly Die Zeit, explained that the easiest way to conclude the “Trump catastrophe” is to murder him. He also argued in a London Guardian op-ed that the president will do “untold damage to Europe” and urged everyone to “prepare for a remake of the 1930s.”
India Knight, a British journalist for the Sunday Times, wanted the president to be assassinated:
The assassination is taking such a long time.
Knight then deleted the tweet.
Monisha Rajesh, a travel writer for the London Telegraph, tweeted that it was “about time for a presidential assassination.” Rajesh then deleted the tweet.
Are you beginning to see a pattern here?
Most members of the media who have made these comments have not been punished or reprimanded. There have been a couple of instances where reporters have been suspended or fired, including Los Angeles Times journalist Steve Borowiec, who said he “would rather see Donald Trump’s life end.” This discipline of a writer is a rare occurrence, though.
It isn’t just the mainstream press calling for the president’s death.
Actor Charlie Sheen wished Trump dead soon after the death of actress Debbie Reynolds. Comedian Sarah Silverman has backed a military coup d’etat to overthrow the president. “Making History” star Adam Pally said he would go back in time to kill either Adolf Hitler or Trump.
The examples of the malevolent language against Trump are plentiful and endless.
Trump Derangement Syndrome has been on full display since Trump declared his candidacy. Everything has been thrown at him: from being compared to Hitler to seeing his family regularly insulted by the establishment press. Imagine if a newspaper reporter was openly biased and called for President Obama to be assassinated; their job would be lost, and they would be ostracized from the media industry altogether.
There is so much material available to criticize Trump: trade, foreign policy, national security and others. To suggest that he is going to exterminate millions of people in death camps is not only silly, it also trivializes the devastation produced by Hitler and the Nazis.
Aside from a few minor policy differences, the president has maintained the status quo, and this is exactly what the mainstream media wanted – look at their jubilant reactions to his military airstrikes this month in Syria.
Why are they still so contentious against the president? Is it because he doesn’t want transgender bathrooms?