“There will be questions about copycats”
In what critics have described as a bizarre twist of logic, CNN and MSNBC spent what little airtime they chose to devote to another major terrorist attack in Europe to posing the question of whether Islamic jihadis were actually influenced by the events in Charlottesville.
Regardless of the fact that vehicular attacks have been promoted and encouraged for years by ISIS propagandists, the networks seriously asked whether the latest horrific attack which killed 14 people and injured hundreds was a copycat of the incident in Virginia.
“[I]n light of the uproar over the last several days, five days apart, you have white supremacists in Charlottesville use a vehicle to kill, and here you have — attackers at least following the modus operandi of terrorists using vehicles, apparently to kill as well. And it’s that — those shared tactics that should be alarming.” said CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Scuitto.
“Yeah, and there will be questions about copycats. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer chimed in.
“There will be questions if what happened in Barcelona, was at all, at all, a copycat version of what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia. Even though they may be different characters, different political ambitions, they used the same killing device, a vehicle going at high speed into a group, a large group of pedestrians.” Blitzer added.
Over at MSNBC, terrorism analyst Malcolm Nance, who has previously called for ISIS to attack President Trump’s properties, made the same claim that the Barcelona attacker was inspired by Charlottesville:
“I have to put this into context. The attack in Charlottesville that we saw was just an American version of this same style of attack. And interestingly enough, with the intensity of information that we’ve had related to the Charlottesville incident over the last five days, it’s quite possible that may have precipitated this terrorist group’s, you know, desire to gain the limelight and carry out a similar attack.” Nance stated.
Earlier in the day, Sciutto took to Twitter to insist that professor and author Ian Bremmer should add Charlottesville to a list of European terror attacks in the past year using vehicles.