CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, attempting to pass the blame for radical Islamic terrorists, speculated that the Barcelona terrorists were inspired by the white supremacists in Charlottesville.
You read that right. In Wolf’s mind, Muslim terrorists have had NO OTHER SOURCE OF INSPIRATION TO KILL.
As CNN’s spin machine went into high gear, both anchors, reporters and pundits wondered aloud why this sort of thing could happen. Despite a long history of this exact behavior, Wolf Blitzer struggled to find a motivation for the deadly Barcelona attack that has taken 13 innocent lives so far.
For once, they did not blame President Trump’s harsh rhetoric on radical Islamic terror. They had a much easier, more timely target: the Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, whose protests led to the violence that left a woman dead over the weekend. Since CNN has worked overtime to connect the white supremacists to President Trump, they still get to blame him for the Barcelona attack – indirectly.
Blitzer failed to remember that the use of autos in terror attacks is nothing new. There have been five in just the last year in Europe alone. In June, terrorists used a car to kill people on London Bridge. In April, four were killed in Stockholm, Sweden when a terrorist drive through a busy shopping area. In March, a Muslim terrorist used a car on Westminster Bridge to kill four people. In December 2016, 12 people died when an Islamic terrorist drove a truck through a Christmas market in Berlin. Last year, 84 people died in Nice, France because of a terrorist with a truck.
CNN host Wolf Blitzer said Thursday there would be questions if the Barcelona terror attack involving a van crashing into a group of people was a “copycat” of what happened in Charlottesville, Va.
CNN national security correspondent Jim Sciutto said the “shared tactics” of the attackers in both instances was “alarming.”
“In light of the uproar of the last several days, five days apart you have a white supremacist 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 those shared tactics that should be alarming,” Sciutto said.
“There will be questions about copycats,” Blitzer said. “There will be questions if what happened in Barcelona was at all a copycat version of what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia. Even though there 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.”
Here is video of the exchange.