Yesterday I wrote a brief piece hounding the Trump administration for their repeated dog-whistles and explicit shout-outs to white supremacists through their anti-Semitism. I made mention of the list of “underreported” terrorist attacks the White House issued, which news organizations quickly rebuked by showing their coverage and, as I mentioned yesterday as well, listing terrorist attacks that somehow didn’t make the list.
But I want to redirect your attention here. This is Kellyanne Conway citing the non-existent “Bowling Green massacre”:
But now Sean Spicer is jumping into the mix by citing a non-existent terror attack in Atlanta on three separate occasions:
Another high-profile Trump administration official has made statements about a terror attack that never occurred.
This time, it’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Three times in one week, Spicer alluded to a terror attack in Atlanta by someone from overseas.
But the last high-profile terror attack in Atlanta was the Centennial Olympic Park bombing, 21 years ago. And that bombing was carried out by Eric Robert Rudolph, a radical right-wing terrorist from Florida — not a foreign-inspired terrorist.
Naturally, Spicer wasn’t so much apologetic as enraged that the press didn’t understand that he “clearly meant Orlando” and not Atlanta. Gosh, Sean. You say something three times—on three separate occasions—it’s obvious that you aren’t sure that you “clearly mean” Orlando.
So the Trump administration, which has made combating terrorism a central part of its platform, and which rolled out a bungled executive order banning citizens from multiple predominantly Muslim countries (yes, a Muslim ban) supposedly as a preemptive move to prevent further terrorist attacks within the US (even though, as it’s been pointed out, none of the countries listed have had citizens who have perpetrated an act of terror in the US), doesn’t even know which terrorist attacks have occurred in the US.
This doesn’t bode well for their ability to prevent or react to future possible attacks within the US, especially if they can’t figure out the difference between Atlanta and Orlando.