Miles Taylor, who wrote an attack piece on President Donald Trump and his administration for The New York Times as “anonymous,” claimed in a Saturday interview that the “Justice for J6” demonstration planned in Washington, D.C, later in the day is going to be “Tinder for terrorists.”
In an interview with MSNBC, Taylor, the former chief of staff for the Department of Homeland Security, told host Lindsey Reiser the rally, to him, is “personally disturbing” because he has been a resident of the nation’s capital for two decades and, he says, it’s never seemed more like a “fortress.”
“I was here in the years after 9/11 and it didn’t feel like this,” Taylor, founder of Renew America, said. “D.C. was built 200 years ago to be this open, expansive city and open like our democracy, but instead of a shining city on a hill, right now it feels like Fortress America.”
He then claimed that “we’re seeing a spike in support for political violence in this country” as well, as MSNBC’s chyron read, “Hours Away: Far-Right Rally Outside Capitol.”
“This is a rally that is being held to free the insurrectionists,” Taylor continued, using a term popularized by the Democrat left to characterize the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol Building.
“These are not ‘political prisoners'” as protest organizers and supporters say, but rather “are criminals, some of whom are responsible for the death and injury of police officers,” he claimed.
The only person killed as a result of direct action during the riot was a supporter of then-President Donald Trump, Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, who was shot by Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd. One officer who died shortly after the riot, Brian Sicknick, passed away from natural causes, not riot-related injuries, according to a medical examination.
Matt Braynard, a former staffer with Trump’s 2020 campaign and head of Look Ahead America, which organized the protest, said in a statement posted online they “condemn political violence in all its form” and only support “those who have been charged with nonviolent offenses.”
Braynard has also downplayed any notion that the protest will be large, citing the city of Washington, D.C.’s decision to reinstall fencing around the Capitol Building and beef up police presence.
“It’s all meant to deter people from coming,” he told USA Today in reference to the additional security measures being put in place. “It’s all about dragging down attendance. In the end, it might just be me and a bullhorn.”
As for Taylor, he moved on to familiar territory: Using incendiary language to criticize the Republican Party, which he claims to be a part of, saying it seems “less like the party of Lincoln and more like a Tinder for terrorists.”
“The Republican Party — my party — in many cases has continued to promote the big lie, but worse, has offered and vocalized support for these criminals,” he told the host. “So frankly, I think my party’s got a big decision to make, and that is will our platform continue to be the party of Lincoln and founding ideals or will it be kind of a different platform?”
“Today, I think we look more like a Tinder for terrorists where radicals around the country can swipe right and match with an extremist politician who amplifies their views and then when they get into trouble and commit crime, tries to bail them out from prison,” Taylor said.
“So if you ask me right now we look a little bit less like the party of Lincoln and more like a Tinder for terrorists,” he reiterated.
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