Anderson Cooper has thoughts about Genocide, and how that connects to his favorite scapegoat — American Republicans. He hasn’t got the foggiest clue that he’s actually condemning himself.
No, he’s not planning to perpetrate a genocide, so far as we can tell. He’s claiming that events on January 6th made him notice shocking similarities between Trump supporters and how the genocidal Hutus in Rwanda responded to the Tutsi.
CNN's Cooper compares Trump & his supporters on Jan. 6 to those that carried out genocides in Bosnia & Rwanda: "[W]e've seen it in Bosnia, we've seen it in Rwanda where radios was telling people – you know, Hutus were telling the radio listeners that the Tutsi are cockroaches…" pic.twitter.com/2oELRGqKeE
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) February 10, 2021
“The idea of otherizing people is something we saw a lot of over the last four years. I mean it’s something we saw over the last decades, but it’s so easy to ‘otherise’ people, to make people ‘other’. Other than American, other than patriotic, other than human, you know, and we’ve seen it in Bosnia, we’ve seen it in Rwanda where…Hutus were telling radio listeners that Tutsi are cockroaches, getting them ginned up for genocide, um, and you see it in these videos where people who claim they are patriots are in the face of police officer…”
Anderson Cooper really likes going back to the Rwandan Genocide comparison for this event. You can tell because he went to that same comparison on January 12th, too.
Anderson Cooper also said this back on Jan. 12: "I was in Rwanda in the genocide….I hear people talking about civil war in America….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." pic.twitter.com/y9U9OH6cv6
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) February 10, 2021
There are so many different directions to take this.
Let’s focus the response down to three key points.
He expresses ‘concern’ about the dangerous and toxic effects of a sustained demonizing and scapegoating of one group within a larger national context. He seems to believe that leads to the normalization of violence against ‘valid targets’.
Poor guy, does he not own a mirror?
1) Anderson Cooper says nothing about violence when it’s against ‘legitimate’ targets.
Remember the kid gloves CNN’s anchors used when describing violence in the Summer? Mostly-peaceful protests became a running joke. Cooper himself was in a conversation about Seattle’s supposed ‘summer of love’ discussing the true nature of CHAZ/CHOP
However, just hours later, CNN correspondent Dan Simon confirmed that, in fact, there were “armed” protesters in the area after he described the scene as “peaceful.”
“There’s food being served, there’s a medical tent, people camping out, there’s live music at night, they’re watching movies,” Simon told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. “So it’s sort of a contradictory situation. On the one hand, it began with force. But right now, it’s peaceful.” –FoxNews
When he and other Democrats even bothered to mention violence in connection with Antifa, they went out of their way to paint a context of how ‘antifacists’ were the good guys (“It’s right there in the name!”) standing up against the bad guys. ‘Punch a Nazi’, remember? Like the good sheep they are, CNN talking heads went along with their narrative. It was easy. The people Antifa opposed were the same ones CNN already held in absolute contempt.
And then the political winds shifted and police were the enemy. CNN’s spokes-sheep adapted. Suddenly, after months of hailing them as ‘COVID Heroes’, those same heroes were kicked to the curb. Hundreds of injured police were not considered proof positive of criminal ‘violence’. Threatening to breach the White House security perimeter is ‘peaceful protest’, not ‘insurrection’, and an opportunity to dogpile the Republican POTUS.
Even cops shot in cold blood while caught unawares in their squad car were not breathlessly reported like the favored names of the narrative.
The reason is obvious. Anderson said it himself. When looking at a case of the ‘in’ group targeting the ‘out’ group, it went largely unnoticed by other members of the ‘in’ group to which media elites also belonged.
2) ‘Otherizing’ of the masses
Cooper himself even makes the case that ‘otherizing’ and ‘scapegoating’ an entire category of people makes violence against that group far more likely. It’s true, but his biases have blinded him to some of the worst offenders.
Remember how everyone at CNN dogpiled and demonized Nick Sandmann and his classmates for wearing the wrong red hat? How did that work out for those who defamed him? Is CNN still cutting checks to pay that bill?
Wasn’t it CNN alumnus (and actual cannibal) Reza Azlan who publicly said Nick had a ‘punchable face’? That connection between othering and violence really IS a relevant topic, isn’t it? Just not in the way Anderson might have us think.
You know who that elitist son of a Vanderbilt really hates? He tipped his hand. He thinks he’s got the entire Republican party sized up in perfectly classist categories:
“Look at them, they’re high-fiving each other for this deplorable display of completely unpatriotic, completely against law and order, completely unconstitutional behavior, it’s stunning,” the CNN anchor said. “And they’re going to go back, you know, to the Olive Garden and to the Holiday Inn they’re staying at, and the Garden Marriott, and they’re going to have some drinks and they’re going to talk about the great day they had in Washington … They stood up for nothing other than mayhem.” — FoxNews
What gross display of Anderson’s value system.
As for, ‘completely against law and order’? Where were you when you supported a group that occupied downtown Seattle or ‘punched a Nazi’ and then broadened the definition of Nazi to encompass any random stranger they happened to encounter in the street — including, sometimes, people in their own movement who were mistaken for passers-by?
He says ‘the last four years’, but that’s not exactly true, is it Anderson? Or have you already forgotten how much you enjoyed mocking Obama’s political opponents by switching their name out with a graphic sexual slur?
Appropriate that you mentioned ‘decades’ in your clip, this was you a decade ago.
“Tea bagger,” the term used by Mr. Obama, is an extremely crude sexual term that has been used by many liberals as a derogatory description of Tea Party protestors. Anderson Cooper of CNN was compelled to apologize for using it on-air back in April 2009. “It shows contempt for middle America, expressed knowingly, contemptuously, on purpose, and with a smirk,” says Grover Norquist, head of Americans for Tax Reform. “It is indefensible to use this word. The president knows what it means, and his people know what it means.” — WSJ, 2010
But there is a SPECIFIC REASON these attacks against Republicans have become normalized. It’s spill-over from the orchestrated guilt-by-association slander of your endless no-holds-barred attacks on Orange Man Bad.
3) ‘Otherizing’ of Donald J Trump
How many times a day has Trump been called ‘Hitler’ or a ‘Russian stooge’ or ‘Authoritarian’ or…? This was part of a structured pressure campaign to destroy him and put a wedge between him and his allies, both his political allies and his base.
Attacks against the 45th President have been relentless, they have been cynical, they have been vicious, and they have been purely a campaign to destroy a political enemy by any means necessary.
We have proof.
In the first of a series of articles we are writing on the topic, ClashDaily cited a detailed plan, written by Clinton loyalist David Brock.
It was published after Trump won, but while he was still being addressed as ‘President-elect’. Brock’s strategy used several political groups coordinated toward a particular end goal. A secondary objective was the capture of social media dominance, by whatever means they could. A primary objective, written in great detail the absolute personal and political destruction of one Donald J. Trump.
All the vicious and underhanded tactics we’ve seen play out over the last 4 years — including Russia Gate, racism allegations, Deutchebank, endless harassment in the courts, an endless drip-drip-drip of hostile news stories was all spelled out in the White Paper we cited in this story.
In his defense, Anderson Cooper was right to mention the Otherization at play in Rwanda. But he was dead wrong about which side is really driving the Civil War he speaks of. He’s heard of Jack Dorsey, right?
And his silence when Bernie Bro election organizers spoke so flippantly about murdering Republicans makes this 2021 handwringing seem entirely hollow:
Ditto for CNN’s relative silence when a domestic terrorist attack against an ICE facility resulted in an Antifa attacker becoming a ‘martyr’ for the ’cause’.