In one of the more disturbing things we’ve seen from the left (and imagine the kind of ground that covers), anti-Trump novelist Don Winslow has created a video calling on an “army of citizens” to fight back against supporters of the former president using every tool at their disposal. To hear Winslow tell it, this includes using computers to “monitor” the social media activity of these supporters and being ready to report neighbors and co-workers to the authorities for anything this citizen army deems suspicious.
What could go wrong?
“The greatest threat facing America today comes from within: radical extreme conservatives, also known as domestic terrorists. They’re hidden among us, disguised behind regular jobs. They are your children’s teachers. They work at supermarkets, malls, doctor’s offices, and many are police officers and soldiers,” Winslow’s video explains.
The video then goes on to assure us that Trump and his battalion of “domestic terrorists” will erupt into widespread violence.
“In the years ahead, Trump will lead his army of domestic terrorists. He will encourage and incite violence,” the video says. “He will start a civil war. We have to fight back. In this new war, the battlefield has changes. Computers can be more valuable than guns. And this is what we need now more than ever: an army of citizen detectives. Our weapons will be computers and cell phones. We who are monitoring extremists on the internet and reporting their findings to authorities.”
Winslow assures viewers that they will be in good company.
“Remember, before the Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden he had to be found,” the clip says. “He was found by a CIA analyst working on a computer thousands of miles away.”
The video has been seen and shared millions of times and has been met with a receptive audience of liberals on social media. However, there are still some reasonable folks on the left – yes, really! – who see this as the nation-dividing, un-American propaganda that it is.
“This video is diabolical, painting millions of citizens, not only as disloyal to the nation–but as literal terrorists–as it attempts to draft the rest into fighting their neighbors in a civil war the filmmakers clearly desire,” tweeted podcaster Bret Weinstein. “I stand with all patriots against this madness.”
So far, we haven’t seen any evidence that Twitter – so quick to jump in with their censor button when a conservative criticizes abortion or makes an off-color remark about their breakfast – will take any action against a video literally calling on Americans to investigate and report those with different political opinions. Color us shocked.