Katie Benner, a New York Times reporter on Tuesday took to Twitter to suggest that millions of President Trump’s supporters should be considered “enemies of the state.”
“Today’s #January6thSelectCommittee underscores the America’s current, essential natsec dilemma: Work to combat legitimate national security threats now entails calling a politician’s supporters enemies of the state,” Benner wrote in this now-deleted tweet.
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After backlash, Benner took down this tweet saying it was “unclearly worded”
This tweet came as the January 6th Select Committee was holding its first hearing on the Capitol.
Benner was slammed by critics after posting this tweet.
Glenn Greenwald, a well respected independent journalist called out Benner and said “Absolutely amazing: the New York Times’ Justice Department reporter says the US faces an “essential natsec dilemma”: namely, that Trump supporters are “enemies of the state” and all of the GOP is a threat to the State. This is a reporter — not an op-ed writer”
Sean Davis, the Co-Founder of the popular conservative blog The Federalist wrote: “One of the corrupt FBI’s favorite leak receptacles at NYT is acknowledging what we all see: merely opposing the ruling regime makes you an “enemy of the state.” The lawless U.S. intelligence apparatus is admitting it is weaponizing all of its post-9/11 tools against you.”
Neither The New York Times nor Benner has formally apologized for this “unclearly worded” tweet so far.
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