The Left Doesn’t Think the Taliban Is All That Bad

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President Joe Biden’s botched Afghanistan withdrawal and evacuation effort has left about 200 Americans stranded and thousands of Afghan allies, left at the mercy of the Taliban. But the activist media seems to think this isn’t that big of a deal, which is why they have no problem comparing Americans who disagree with their views to the tyrannical radical extremist organization.

During a recent broadcast, CNN media activist Jim Acosta took umbrage at the abortion law that was passed in Texas. Like many of his fellow leftists, he responded to the legislation by pretending it would usher in the manifestation of their favorite TV show, “The Handmaid’s Tale.

He started by criticizing Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for complaining about the U.S. taking in Afghan refugees and arguing that it would somehow change the outcome of elections in the future. He then transitioned to the Texas abortion law:

“The times they are also a-changing down in Texas. That’s where a bizarre new law all but prohibits abortion and creates a dystopian bounty system that empower ordinary citizens to sue reproductive health care providers and just about anybody who helps a woman obtain the procedure.

Now, if you’re getting “A Handmaid’s Tale” vibe from all of this, you’re not alone. Apologies if you haven’t seen the show, but when they say “under his eye” in Texas, do they now mean Greg Abbott?”

Acosta continued, asking what we will say to the refugees who “fled those schools for girls back in their home country” and speculated that “the girls here will have to fill them in.”

Imagine thinking life will be worse in America for female Afghan refugees because it will be more difficult to kill their children in Texas.

The anchor then insisted:

“Unfortunately, what we will tell them is that some members of the far right in this country have apparently decided they will resort to intimidation, and in some cases, even violence to get what they want. And they could sweep into power faster than the experts thought possible. Sound familiar?”

At this point, Acosta descended into the depths of stupidity when he said these right-wingers are “sort of like an American Taliban” and that things are “starting to look like a combination of theocracy and thugocracy.”

The media activist called out Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) by name, insisting they were part of this “American Taliban.”

But Acosta was not the only one. Last Wednesday, MSNBC’s Joy Reid promoted a guest who also pretended that pro-life supporters of the Texas law were like the Taliban. On her show, she spoke with Frank Schaeffer, son of deceased evangelical Francis Schaeffer, about the Texas Heartbeat Act. He called those who support the legislation “bio-terrorists” and anti-woman.

He said:

“We have a situation in Texas right now tonight where the American Taliban, because that’s what it is, there’s not an American evangelical right-wing movement, there is an American Taliban that is weirdly similar in so many ways to the Middle Eastern Islamist terrorists.”

He continued, pretending that the objective of those who oppose abortion is “theocracy.”

Reid, for her part, did not make the “American Taliban” reference. Instead, she settled for the usual “The Handmaid’s Tale” comparison.

But wait! There’s more!

Leftist activist Bree Newsome posted a tweet saying:

Western Christianity was oppressing women centuries before the Taliban existed. So is America’s right wing the “American Taliban?” Or is the Taliban the “Afghan Right?”

Even Dan Rather, the Godfather of Fake News™, chimed in with a now-deleted tweet:

“It’s worth noting that many of the same people attacking the Biden Administration for leaving women’s rights behind in Afghanistan are eager to control women’s bodies and choices in the United States.”

These statements are part and parcel of the hard left’s usual tactic of hyperbolically comparing folks on the right to the worst entities on the world stage. Indeed, it is similar to how they use Hitler to smear their opponents.

The bottom line is that those using the Taliban don’t actually care about those suffering under the tyrannical group. Anyone with a modicum of common sense can see that nothing in Texas’ new law would subject women to anything remotely resembling the treatment women have faced in Afghanistan. For people who claim to champion women’s rights, these folks seem to have no problem demeaning the experience of females living under the brutal treatment of the Taliban.

Just as the hard left has no problem exploiting the treatment of those who suffered during the Holocaust, they will also not hesitate to use the plight of women under the Taliban as a cynical political ploy. Unfortunately for them, this type of claptrap only plays for the hard left, not the rest of the country.


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