WaPo’s David Ignatius Says Major Terrorist Attack Could be ‘Game Changer’ Aiding Trump
Will Islamic terrorists launch a major pre-election attack to help elect Donald Trump? That’s the scenario Donny Deutsch floated on today’s Morning Joe. Deutsch is an ad man/Hamptons playboy. His pronouncements on national security and terrorism might thus be taken with a major grain of salt. But Deutsch was responding to a statement by Wapo’s David Ignatius, a serious student of foreign affairs, who said a major attack could be a “game changer” that would aid Trump.
Deutsch said if “the terrorists and the radical Islamists want Trump in there. And if the way Trump gets in there is a terrorist attack thus, I get scared.” The always-emotive Mika Brzezinski could be heard emitting a major sigh.
What do Legal Insurrection readers think? Do the Islamic terrorists really want Trump? And would a major attack help him?
DAVID IGNATIUS: If we have a major terrorist attack in the United States between now and election day, I think you’re in a very different situation. It plays to Donald Trump’s strengths, it will be difficult for the Democrats, difficult for President Obama. That must be something that they think may in the end be a game changer for them.
DONNY DEUTSCH: Which is really scary and Tom Friedman wrote about this a couple months ago and I’ve been feeling this way. You know the jihadists and the fundamentalists want Trump in there. Because they want a guy representing our country dividing the world and saying Muslims are this and Muslims are that. And if you do that math, the same way they want Netanyahu in there, they want the hard-liner in there. And to David’s point and I agree, the thing that would really help Trump is a terrorist attack. So then you go, wow, is this a fait accompli then? Is there, I don’t want to start to frighten people. But if you do the math, and you go the terrorists and the radical Islamists want Trump in there. And if the way Trump gets in there is a terrorist attack thus, I get scared.
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: [heavy sigh]
DEUTSCH: And I don’t want to — you really start to do that logic and it’s frightening.
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