Millions of Americans are united in outrage over the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan over the past days and weeks as the terrorist organization reimposes its fundamentalist Islamic decrees on the Afghan people.
Of course, some progressive pundits and media figures cannot resist comparing the barbaric militants to American conservatives and Christians.
“We’ve got our own”
One such critic was the host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS.
During a monologue on Monday, he argued that U.S. troops should not be fighting the “radicals” in Afghanistan since there were “radicals” here in America, apparently referencing the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
Stephen Colbert likens Trump voters to the Taliban: “Why should our soldiers be fighting radicals in a Civil War in Afghanistan? We’ve got our own on Capitol Hill.” pic.twitter.com/XztIatECGS
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) August 17, 2021
Colbert’s remarks came in response to President Joe Biden’s speech earlier in the day during which he largely avoided discussing the disastrous results of his administration’s troop withdrawal.
Instead, the president reiterated his belief that American service members should come home while casting blame for the current crisis on former President Donald Trump and Afghan leaders.
“A true cautionary tale”
When Colbert mentioned radicals on Capitol Hill and producers displayed an image of the riot, his audience erupted in applause and laughter.
Of course, the late-night talk show host was not alone in likening Americans to the Taliban. MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid provided similar commentary later in the week.
Responding on social media to a report regarding the Taliban’s policy of prohibiting Afghan girls and women from attending school, Reid put forward a disturbing comparison.
“This is the real-life Handmaid’s Tale,” she tweeted. “A true cautionary tale for the U.S., which has our own far religious right dreaming of a theocracy that would impose a particular brand of Christianity, drive women from the workforce and solely into childbirth, and control all politics.”
Even as some on the left bemoan the lack of unity in U.S. politics today, those lamentations ring hollow in light of the prominent voices on their own side who insist on comparing their fellow Americans to jihadists responsible for overthrowing the Afghan government.