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A New York Times reporter deleted a tweet that called supporters of former President Trump “enemies of the state,” following a viral blowback online.
“Today’s #January6SelectCommittiee underscores the America’s current essential natsec dilemma: Work to combat legitimate national security threats now entails calling a current politician’s supporters enemies of the state,” Katie Benner posted Tuesday morning, according to a screenshot shared by Fox News.
“As Americans, we believe that state power should not be used to work against a political figure or a political party. But what happens if a politician seems to threaten the state? If the politician continues to do so out of office and his entire party supports that threat?,” the thread reportedly continued.
The DOJ scribe then suggested that since Congress left the investigation into the Republican’s alleged collusion with Russia and two impeachments “unresolved,” lawmakers could not be trusted to probe the deadly riot at the Capitol.
“That leaves it up to voters, making even more essential free, fair access to the polls,” Benner wrote.
About eight hours later, the tweet and its thread were deleted and referenced by a post by Benner that read: “I deleted unclearly worded tweets regarding the Jan 6. committee hearing.”
Benner did not further clarify why she deleted the tweet, or if she did so at the newspaper’s demand.
Her comments were slammed by critics, including prominent journalists and lawmakers.
“That’s the best summary of the Biden Admin’s domestic national security strategy I’ve ever read,” Republican Indiana Rep. Jim Banks tweeted.
“This is a reporter — not an op-ed writer — saying this,” journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote.
“The fixation on 1/6 is about exactly this: classifying Trump supporters as Enemies of the State for political gain & Security State power.”
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