A video has gone viral from left-wing activist Don Winslow, who is actively calling on citizens to become cyber detectives to monitor and report on Trump supporters. He believes the work of this “army of citizens” is on the same level as the intel that led to the capture of Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden.
“On January 20, Donald Trump will become the Commander-in-Chief of a different army,” the video intones. The words “This Army” are then displayed as Trump supporters in Washington, D.C., flash on the screen.
Winslow frames the threat as coming from “radical” conservative Trump supporters who live among us and are domestic terrorists. This echoes many on the left who have said similar things in recent days.
“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.”
The video went massively viral and has received well over 3.5 million views. The hook in it is presumably that Trump will begin a civil war once he is no longer president and that ordinary citizens must “fight back.”
“In the years ahead, Trump will lead his army of domestic terrorists. He will encourage and incite violence,” Winslow claims. “He will start a civil war.”
“We have to fight back,” he continues. “In this new war, the battlefield has changed. Computers can be more valuable than guns. And this is what we need now more than ever: an army of citizen detectives.”
Many see this kind of propaganda as inciting violence and as a push to divide America permanently. Turning citizen against citizen, brother against brother.
Winslow then issues his call to arms and for his ‘soldiers’ to snitch on Trump supporters:
“I’m proposing we form a citizen army,” he says. “Our weapons will be computers and cell phones. We who are monitoring extremists on the Internet and reporting their findings to authorities.”
He proceeds to compare conservatives to terrorist Osama bin Laden. Another talking point that has been making the rounds recently.
“Remember, before the Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden he had to be found,” Winslow informs. “He was found by a CIA analyst working on a computer thousands of miles away.”
“It’s up to you,” the video concludes, adding the hashtag “#TrumpsNewArmy.”
The hashtag has seen tens of thousands of tweets since being aired.
Winslow is a bestselling author of nearly two dozen crime and mystery novels as well as a screenwriter and has been the recipient of many prestigious awards. He is also a harsh critic of President Trump and a devout liberal.
When putting the video out there, Winslow made it clear just how far he wants to take this. He called for a “citizen army patrolling the Internet” ready to expose, identify, notify law enforcement and notify employers concerning Trump supporters.
“I’m calling for AN ARMY OF CITIZEN DETECTIVES to FIGHT #TrumpsNewArmy of white supremacy. Will you help? Will you spread the word?” he wrote.
“This video is a CALL TO ACTION,” he emphasized.
“No one in #TrumpsNewArmy should be given a pass,” he wrote in one tweet while clarifying in another that members of “Trump’s New Army” include Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Josh Hawley, and GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert.
— Eric Spencer (@JustEric) January 19, 2021
And many on the left gleefully ran with the proposal.
“America or Trump,” wrote Pulitzer Prize-winning senior art critic and New York Magazine columnist Jerry Saltz. “An army of citizens prepared to root out and arrest #TrumpsNewArmy in their new cause of Civil War and Right Wing Domestic Terrorism.”
“ARREST EVERY TRAITOR,” wrote former Congressional candidate from Florida Dr. Dena Grayson.
“What happens to #Cult45 when their Dear Leader blows them off to focus on his prosecution in New York?” queried Hill Reporter contributing writer Tara Dublin. “#TrumpsNewArmy is a #DipshitMilitia of losers who thought their whiteness would protect them, and NOPE #MAGAIsOver.”
“#TrumpsNewArmy is VILE. And we KNOW who they are,” Majid M. Padellan wrote. “They are our teachers. They are our neighbors. They are our police officers. They are EVERYWHERE. EXPOSE THEIR TREASON.”
“[Trump’s] ‘army’ is still here, hiding amongst us,” he added. “They are traitors. They are evil. And they MUST be rooted OUT.”
“After 9/11, we were told: ‘If you see something, say something,’” he continued. “We have TERRORISTS in our midst. Some of us KNOW these people. It is our patriotic DUTY to expose them. Save a life. Say something. Expose #TrumpsNewArmy.”
The left’s army of citizen detectives will find great support among the media. This week the Washington Post carried an op-ed by prominent Trump critic Max Boot, a Post columnist and CNN global affairs analyst that calls to shut down “the influencers who radicalize people and set them on the path toward violence and sedition.”
Deprogramming and deplatforming are all the rage these days on the left. Now comes the proposed and soon-to-be implemented spying and informing on those who have supported President Trump.
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