CNN’s Anderson Cooper incomprehensibly compared the Capitol Hill riot on Jan. 6 to the murderous Rwandan genocide that left more than 800,000 people dead within 100 days during 1994 and another 8,000 who were slaughtered in the Bosnian genocide at Srebrenica in 1995.
“Part of it, I think, just based on what you were just saying, it comes to mind, the idea of otherizing people is something I think we saw a lot of over the last four years. I mean, certainly, we’ve seen a lot over the last decades, but it’s so easy to otherize people, to make people other than, other than American, other than patriotic, other than human,” Cooper remarked. “You know, and we’ve seen it in Bosnia, we’ve seen it in Rwanda, where radio was telling people that you know, Hutus, were telling the radio listeners that Tutsi were cockroaches for you know, getting them ginned up for genocide.”
“And you see it in in these videos where people who claim they are patriots are in the face of a police officer calling him you know, as we’re seeing it right there and you know, gouging out of the eye of one, you know, squeezing one in, you know, a suffocating one in a doorway,” he added.
This is not the first time that Cooper has compared the riot with the Rwandan genocide. He did it on Jan. 12 just days after the Capitol Hill siege occurred.
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“You know, I remember seeing you in the lobby of a hotel in Egypt in the midst of the revolution. And it was a really scary day,” Cooper commented to Thomas Friedman. “I was, I was, I’ve seen a lot and I was very scared that day. Um, you’ve been to a lot of civil wars. You know, I was in Rwanda in the genocide briefly, I was in Bosnia, we’ve, you know, we’re in Iraq, Afghanistan, you’ve been around the world, you’ve seen a lot.”
“I hear people talking about civil war in America as if they know what they’re talking about, as if they know what that looks like,” he stated knowingly. “And unless you’ve seen it up close, I mean, it is a horrible, horrible thing. I am so upset when I hear these people at rallies, Trump rallies talking about civil war as if it’s some sort of a cleansing.”
The comparison is especially egregious when hundreds of thousands died in the Rwandan and Bosnian genocides compared to five who died in connection to the Jan. 6 riot. One-tenth of Rwanda’s population was butchered in the genocide. According to FaithWire, the Bosnian genocide was the largest wholesale massacre in Europe since the Holocaust. But Cooper’s inflammatory rhetoric seems to be politically selective.
From The Federalist:
“Cooper employed no such inflammatory comparisons to the militant Black Lives Matter demonstrators erupting into repeated outbursts of political violence last summer. Due to their violence, several dozen Americans died amid riots, and hundreds more Americans have been murdered as police pull back from their duties amid violent criticism.”
The trend on the left that is ratcheting up the hyperbole to attack conservatives is alarming. The Post Millenial commented: “One MCNBC anchor suggested on air last week that drone strikes be used against Trump-supporting American citizens who have been accused of terrorism, offering them no trial as guaranteed under the constitution. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer had suggested the expansion of the no-fly list while other Democratic politicians, along with some Republicans, have called for the creation of new anti-terror legislation. It is unclear if such proposals fit the definition of “otherizing” as used by Cooper.”
Meanwhile, these comparisons get to be rattled off largely unchecked or criticized while a conservative actress was fired by Disney for making a comparison to the rising of persecution by Nazi Germany with today’s highly volatile political climate. It’s an argument her co-star at Disney had also made — but coming from the left side of the aisle — he reportedly did not lose his job.
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