“These people were radicalized by the very fact that a black man could sit in the Oval Office,” Nance said of the recently-arrested Michigan would-be kidnappers and other radical groups in the US.
“Where they are now,” he continued, “is a state of readiness to support Donald Trump.”
“He is their al-Baghdadi,” Nance added, comparing the US president to the late Iraqi terrorist and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) leader.
Nance then deemed the Michigan extremists and others “VanillaISIS,” in reference to the ‘90s white rapper Vanilla Ice and the terrorist organization.
“And this particular strain of VanillaISIS, if you want to call it that, they are arming themselves,” the author said.
“They believe they are in a state of readiness to support Donald Trump. He is their al-Baghdadi. And this particular strain of #VanillaISIS…they are arming themselves.”@MalcolmNance #Velshi pic.twitter.com/weJbRUXInS
— La Femme Nikita (@LaF3mm3Nikita) October 10, 2020
The term “VanillaISIS” has begun trending on social media where mostly liberals have capitalized on the comparison.
“VanillaIsis are Terrorists – pure and simple – and they should be treated as such,” North Carolina politician Mark Judson tweeted.
The difference between "Freedom Fighters" and "Terrorists" is that Freedom Fighters attack Military targets, and Terrorists attack civilian targets.
VanillaIsis are Terrorists – pure and simple – and they should be treated as such. #VanillaIsis
— Mark Judson For Congress – Scorched Earth Democrat (@Judson4Congress) October 10, 2020
“Donald Trump incites Domestic Terrorism. Donald Trump incites #VanillaISIS,”wrote journalist David Leavitt.
“Vanilla Isis” may be the best description I’ve heard of these far-right nationalist “militias in America. Courtesy of @MalcolmNance
— Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) October 10, 2020
Thanks @AliVelshi via @MalcolmNance for covering this very important topic. These people are not militias or American patriots — they are terrorists and the equivalent of the American version of ISIS in every sense. #VanillaISISpic.twitter.com/sZ8f3PqAa9
— MuslimMarine (@mansoortshams) October 10, 2020
Lol #VanillaISIS is trending.😭
My work here is complete. https://t.co/xrwT12p4vP
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) October 10, 2020
Though Nance and numerous Democrats have at least partly blamed Trump’s controversial rhetoric for the Michigan kidnapping plot, at least one of the men arrested, Brandon Caserta, has now been revealed to be a critic of the president, posting a video blasting him as part of the “enemy” in government.
Caserta and others accused of wanting to kidnap Gov. Whitmer reportedly wanted to incite a civil war in Michigan through the kidnapping and other acts of violence.
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