MSNBC’s Watts: If an Islamist Used Trump’s Rhetoric, ‘We’d Be Talking About a Drone Strike’

‘Domestic terrorist have open access to weapons in ways that international terrorists did not’


WATTS: "Nicolle, you can't. You’ll always be on your heels, you'll always be reactive. We had a period after 9/11, where we were trying to get left of boom, as they would say in counterterrorism, which is can you get way up the stream of an attack and start to root out all of the confluences which bring about that attack. So, as Miles is talking about, he's exactly right. If you took what President Trump said and you instead put it in Anwar Awlaki’s mouth, we would be talking about a drone strike overseas. That’s one aspect with our political leaders talking about this rhetoric. There’s several other reasons why it's more dangerous today. One, domestic terrorists have open access to weapons in ways that international extremists did not. When I was working at the FBI two or three different periods, never did we have many ISIS supporters who could acquire handguns, long weapons, long rifles, long guns, explosives, explosive primers.”

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