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MSNBC Contributor Calls For ISIS to Bomb Trump Building

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An MSNBC contributor is facing massive backlash after calling for ISIS to suicide bomb one of President Donald Trump’s properties.

Counterterrorism analyst Malcolm Nance wrote in a since-deleted tweet that he nominated Trump Tower Istanbul to be the “first ISIS suicide bombing of a Trump property.”

Nance’s comment was in response to journalist Dustin Giebel tweeting “Trump Tower Istanbul. After seeing Trump’s congrats to Erdogan for winning his RIGGED election I’m worried our FP is directed by property,” along with a photo of the building.

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While the tweet was deleted, Nance has not issued an apology for his disturbing remark.

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Previously, Nance had referred to Trump as the “ISIS candidate,” telling Chris Matthews on air that “we have already seen ISIS use Donald Trump in their propaganda directly.”

“I will go so far as to say Donald Trump is the ISIS candidate,” Nance asserted. “He inflames the passions of people in the west to perform Islamophobia and draw recruits to them.”

While Nance is lauded as a terrorism expert, Newsbusters notes that he is also known for being dismissive of Islam’s role in attacks around the globe. He blamed the Nice terrorist’s attack on mental illness, not Islam, the Orlando massacre on a “psychosexual problem,” not Islam, and the San Bernardino shooting as “a hybrid act of terrorism/workplace violence,” not Islam.

Nance is a New York Times bestselling author and former Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer in naval cryptology. He now works as a media commentator on matters involving international terrorism, intelligence, insurgency, and torture. 

In October, Nance released a book titled ‘The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election.’  The book claims that “Putin’s spy agency, run by the Russian billionaire class, used the promise of power and influence to cultivate Trump as well as his closest aides, the Kremlin Crew, to become unwitting assets of the Russian government.” It asserts that their goal was to end “240 years of free and fair Ameriucan democratic elections.”

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MSNBC has not yet commented on Nance’s statement or employment status.

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Will Josh Hawley be the Next Champion for an America First Foreign Policy?

America First May Have its Next Leader to End Wars Abroad

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Does America First have a new non-interventionist champion?

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has been viewed by many as one of the figures who could potentially lead a Trumpist movement after Trump, should Joe Biden end up being installed as president on January 2021.

Hawley has made a name for himself as a champion of Middle America and questioning the neoliberal orthodoxy on immigration and trade. Lately, Hawley has made a pivot towards  questioning the interventionist conventional wisdom on foreign policy. 

In early October of this year, the Missouri Senator called for the American government to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Hawley tweeted, “Almost 20 years now in Afghanistan. Long past time to draw this war to an end.”

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Hawley’s foreign policy has been a work progress over the past two years. During a 2019 speech Hawley gave at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), he questioned the nation-building policy prescriptions of previous administrations, demonstrating some degree of skepticism towards non-stop interventionism abroad on the part of the Senator.

That said, it remains to be seen if Hawley’s legislative record will fully match his rhetoric.

Hawley is a staunch China hawk, who fears the rise of China and is a strong voice against China’s expansionist efforts. Hawley’s track record shows that his foreign policy views are rough around the edges. Daniel Larison of The American Conservative is not as optimistic about Hawley judging by his votes on the Yemeni Civil War. Larison cited several of Hawley’s votes that may be cause for concern:

Sen. Hawley voted against the Senate’s resolution of disapproval that opposed the president’s effort to circumvent Congress with a bogus “emergency” to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. More important, he voted with the president and most Senate Republicans against the antiwar Yemen resolution that would have cut off all U.S. support to the Saudi coalition.”

Nevertheless, Hawley’s comments on Afghanistan are a good sign that Hawley is catching on to the fact that Americans are tired of foreign wars. Politicians can change their views and behaviors. Hawley is likely recognizing that the America First movement is exhausted by the endless wars and wants candidates and elected officials who offer withdrawal plans. 

After looking at the list of people who have been tapped to join the Biden administration, Hawley tweeted, “What a group of corporatists and war enthusiasts – and #BigTech sellouts.”

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, a fierce interventionist skeptic, maintained cautious optimism about Hawley. In a tweet, he commented, “All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting.”

The jury is still out on Hawley. Regardless of flaws in his voting record, America First advocates should continue to push him and other America First leaning Republicans in the right direction. We should never forget that politicians are still receptive to political pressure and the grassroots holds the keys to political change. 

Young senators like Hawley are the future of American politics and it makes sense for foreign policy restrainers to lobby them and push them in a direction that favors non-interventionism.

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