Democrats, following the same method used by radical Muslim clerics, are weaponizing America’s youth with a singular goal: to attack their political opponents


On July 7, 2005, I boarded a flight from Kiev, Ukraine to London.

I arrived at Heathrow Airport to the news of a tragically successful terrorist bombing in London that would become known as the “7/7 Bombings.” Four Muslim youth had carried out the attack that killed 52 and injured some 700 others. Three of the four terrorists were born in Britain. The fourth was a naturalized British citizen and convert to Islam. All had been radicalized, not abroad as many supposed, but in London mosques.

Under the steady influence of Muslim clerics who taught them to hate their homeland and feel nothing but a pitiless contempt for the British people, the four became precisely what their teachers intended them to be: weapons against the “infidel” West.

The Left is now doing exactly the same thing in plain sight.

Take, for example, Exhibit A, this headline:

Or Exhibit B, this MSNBC screen banner:


An evil “transgender” woman—not man, New York Times—walked into a Christian school and murdered six Christians, but the real victims here are the “transgender” people who are “fearful” and “under siege.” This is more than mere mischaracterization. It is evil. It is denying the dead and the grieving the little they have a right to expect from any of us in tragedy: sympathy.

As I have said elsewhere (eliciting approval from Jordan Peterson), it is extremely difficult to convince people of anything they aren’t already predisposed to believe. Take it from a man who constructs and destroys arguments for a living: possession of the facts is no infallible guarantee of success. Facts are just so much water off a duck to a man who is emotionally committed to his position.


That said, it is easy to convince people that they are victims of someone else’s treachery. Think about it. Ambulance-chasing attorneys make a living doing it. Hitler convinced a whole country of it. It’s why socialism, Marxism, and fascism, in spite of the 150 million people they have killed collectively, will forever find ready devotees. Each plays on our innate selfishness and desire to believe our unhappiness and failures are someone else’s fault.


This is Shakespeare’s Othello. The good Othello is, by degrees, convinced by the evil Iago that his beloved Desdemona has betrayed him. Only when he’s murdered her does Othello realize it wasn’t true, and the real deceiver was the man who pretended to be his friend: Iago.

In Democrats we have a whole party of Iagos, deceiving the weak-minded, radicalizing them, and ultimately weaponizing them with the goal they will intimidate, terrorize, or murder conservatives.


This isn’t to say that there aren’t genuine victims. All of us, at one time or another, are in some measure victims of someone’s poor judgment if not their evil intentions. But most of us don’t make it our identity. We accept this as part of life and move on, wiser for the experience (we hope).


But that’s not the Democrat Party. The whole of their political strategy is predicated on stoking class, racial, and sexual tensions, and then building a constituency on a fictitious victimhood. This is called intersectionality. It perverts E Pluribus Unum—Out of Many, One—making it Ex Uno, Multi—Out of One, Many.


What we are seeing now, however, takes this to a whole new level. I’m making no news here where I say Democrats are producing a generation of sexual deviants. A woman who says she is a man (and vice versa) is inherently unstable. Convince her she is a victim of Christian bigots and you’ve got a time bomb no less lethal than the 7/7 London terrorists or those of 9/11.


It seems clear Audrey Hale entered that school in the firm conviction that her cause was a righteous one. And why wouldn’t she when the entire media and educational narrative says “transgender”—there is no such thing—people are the new Jews, and Christians (aka conservatives, Trump voters, Red Staters, etc.) the new Nazis?


Democrats have, with malice aforethought, created a toxic culture where violence against conservatives is not only deemed acceptable and morally justified, it is heroic. This new crop of terrorists sees themselves as the protagonists in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, hunting Nazis and rendering swift judgment and execution against them. Thus, Audrey Hale will be transformed by media into the next George Floyd.


The creation of these sleeper cells offers Democrats an additional benefit: with each terrorist act—and let’s be clear, this is terrorism—they cloak the real cause of the violence with a media campaign that reframes it to further advance their sordid agenda:

  • It’s caused by guns. We must therefore get rid of guns.


  • Too bad for the victims, but they had it coming because they are Nazis.


You see the sleight-of-hand here? Democrats both provoke these attacks and then use them to attack conservatives still more. I’ve drawn a diagram to illustrate the vicious cycle: demonize your opponents (in this case, Christians), convince a given demographic they have been victimized by them, create an atmosphere of justified violence, and the rest will follow.


We have a government that is mass producing terrorists just as surely as radical Muslim clerics are doing it. And that’s just another way of saying we have a terrorist government.

Larry Alex Taunton is an author, cultural commentator, and freelance columnist contributing to USA TODAYFox NewsFirst ThingsThe AtlanticCNN, and The American Spectator.  In addition to being a frequent radio and television guest, he is also the author of The Grace  Effect and The Gospel Coalition Arts and Culture Book of the Year, The Faith of Christopher Hitchens. You can subscribe to his blog at

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