SEAN SPICER MAKES UP ATLANTA ISLAMIST TERROR ATTACK
“What do we say to the family that loses somebody over a terroristic (sic), to whether it’s Atlanta or San Bernardino or the Boston bomber?”
The next day, Spicer used the same argument with Jeremy Peters on MSNBC’s Morning Joe:
“Too many of these cases that have happened, whether you’re talking about San Bernardino, Atlanta, they’ve happened, Boston,” Spicer said. “Jeremy, what—do you wait until you do? The answer is we act now to protect the future.”
Later the same day, Spicer used the imaginary Atlanta attack to bolster the argument for the “extreme vetting” called for in the executive order.
“I don’t think you have to look any further than the families of the Boston Marathon, in Atlanta, in San Bernardino to ask if we can go further,” Spicer said. “There’s obviously steps that we can and should be taking, and I think the president is going to continue do to what he can to make sure that this country is as safe as possible.”
But the deputy director of George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, Seamus Hughes, says that Atlanta should not be included in this discourse. He had this to say to set the record straight:
“There has not been a successful jihadi terror attack in Atlanta.”
The only incident in Atlanta that could be construed as a terror event was the 1996 pipe bomb explosion during the Olympic Games. However, it was a home-grown Florida man, Eric Robert Rudolf who was convicted.
Interestingly, as Conway and Spicer have been referring to attacks that have never happened, President Trump accused the press of not adequately reporting terror attacks that have happened.
“It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported. And in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it,” the president said after meeting with military brass at CENTCOM in Tampa, Florida. “They have their reasons, and you understand that.”
To bolster Trump’s point, the White House released a list of 78 Islamist terror attacks that have occurred around the world since 2014.
And guess what? Atlanta was not on that list.