The Washington Examiner is a traditionally right-leaning publication. However, on Monday, they published an op-ed by a conservative commentator, Kevin Carroll, in which he said the capitol rioters needed to be held accountable.
He went even further, calling them 'domestic terrorists' and drawing parallels with the radicalization of Al Qaeda insurgents, and arguing for similar tactics against America's homegrown version of right-wing extremism.
"We saw five dead in the Jan. 6 attempted coup d'etat. We saw possible assassination plots against both former Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi."
"I woke up in my Manhattan apartment as a Wall Street law firm associate on Sept. 12, 2001, worrying how America could stop the next attack. I woke up as a combat veteran in my suburban Washington, D.C., house on Jan. 7, 2021, equally worried"
Of course, the MAGAverse pounced on Carroll and The Washington Examiner.
Former Breitbart editor Raheem Kassam tweeted:
Unsubscribe from, unfavorite, and unfollow The Washington Examiner. Now. https://t.co/EIZ9GRKyG0— Raheem J. Kassam (@Raheem J. Kassam) 1612229899.0
Jordan Schachtel, who had written for The Washington Examiner previously, had this to say:
There's a reason why I will no longer write for WashEx. This is gutter material... psychotic, dangerous, and shamef… https://t.co/AQx2jBxdIe— Jordan Schachtel @ dossier.substack.com (@Jordan Schachtel @ dossier.substack.com) 1612274233.0
Many others in the MAGAverse felt similarly.
What is this garbage? https://t.co/TFiEzXREYR— Benny (@Benny) 1612233081.0
This guy was “equally worried” the day after the Jan 6 riot as he was after the 9/11 attacks? I think he needs to… https://t.co/pPURYg9mq9— Greg Kelly---my VACCINE status is MY BUSINESS. (@Greg Kelly---my VACCINE status is MY BUSINESS.) 1612233014.0
Some rooted their outrage in what the United States did during the height of the "war on terror."
We defeated al Qaeda by killing them. Delete this tweet and this article. https://t.co/E9tLnIZWZ1— Amy Kremer (@Amy Kremer) 1612223201.0
Neocons: we must remove Assad because he has been accused of gassing his own people in Syria Also neocons: we must… https://t.co/jVN3GBuvNY— Amber Athey (@Amber Athey) 1612223198.0
President Biden is going to have his work cut out for him to combat right-wing extremism in the United States after four years of having it tacitly approved and enabled.