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CNN’s John Avlon faced a lot of backlash on social media after a bizarre segment where he tried to compare the attack on 9/11 to the threat of “right wing terrorism,” on the anniversary of the horrible attack.

“Here’s a startling statistic. Since 9/11, right wing terrorists have killed more people in the United States than jihadist terrorists,” Avlon said during the segment entitled “Reality Check.”

“There are some folks for who their, for their own political purposes would like to keep the focus on only one form of political violence over another, but that would be unwise because we don’t have the luxury of choosing which threats we face. And there’s a case to be made that these threats actually echo each other,” he continued.

“As our colleague Jim Sciutto and others have argued, they’re weaponized versions of tribalism, motivated by fear and finding identity in their hatred of the other,” Avlon said.

“To mark the 18th anniversary of 9/11 is to reflect on how we’re all the children of 9/11. That attack unleashed destructive forces that we’re still wrestling with,” Avlon concluded. “But to truly learn the lessons of 9/11 is to resolve not to let hate win, or fear define us.”

Many critics on social media replied that it was tone-deaf to try to twist the meaning of the 9/11 attacks on a different kind of terrorism altogether.

“I think @JohnAvlon was making a legit point,” responded talk show host Erick Erickson. “Young, lonely white dudes are radicalizing online as young Muslim men have been. But I think it is also something best left to say on 9/12 instead of 9/11.”

“CNN thought it was a good on 9/11, to run a segment telling everyone the people who murdered 3,000 innocent Americans with hijacked airplanes on 9/11, weren’t actually the real threat,” said Stephen Miller.

Becket Adams opined at the Washington Examiner that the statistical comparison ignored the deaths from 9/11, ironically.

“That is one hell of a qualifier to say that right-wingers are the deadliest, as long as you don’t count the deadliest,” Adams wrote.

” I cannot be the only one who caught the irony of Avlon citing a claim that requires the exclusion of the 9/11 death toll during a segment that was supposed to be about ‘9/11 amnesia,'” he added later.

Here’s the video segment from CNN:

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20 Comments
  • Taterrr says:

    An in this episode we have the IDIOT CNN trying there damnedest to get a rating other than MINUS. Well it didnt happen. These Pricks took a day that should have been for the 9 11 survivors an 1st responders an The US as a whole an turned it into a White did this show. Well its kinda like this. White people dont have to vote Democrap an sure dont have to watch CNN. We are like everyone else we have a voice in this country.

    End of story

    TRUMP 2020

  • Cindy Reifel says:

    And #CNN wonders why they are losing viewers EVERY DAY!!! The “Radical Right Wing Terrorists” worse than 9/11 are, in actuality, Left Wing Terrorists, such as Antifa and, at times, Black lives Matter. Also, all of the HWood wanna be, used to be and, never will be elites. The’re the ones who go to social media daily to insult, ridicule and, name call ANYONE who disagrees with their SEVERE #craycraycliff Socialist mentality!!!!!
    In other words, look inside yourself, you MORON.
    NEVER insult the Horrid, Merciless Atrocities that occured on 9/11/01!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Andrea says:

    Just when I think they can’t stoop any lower. Wow. Just wow.

  • Annabel says:

    Stephen Miller is another one quoting “3000 innocent Americans”..THEY WERE NOT ALL AMERICANS!
    372 foreign nationals from 61 countries were also killed.

    • Michael says:

      Yeah, because that’s clearly the issue here. The point is 3000 innocent people lost their lives on American soil due to Islamic terrorists. You sound like one of these idiots who cries about Trump lying, because he says he’s 6’2” while his license says 6’1”.

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