MSNBC analyst Malcolm Nance downplays suicide bombers who killed US troops with the hashtag #dealwithit
MSNBC intelligence analyst Malcolm Nance has been convicted of downplaying the suicide bombing that killed 12 US troops at Kabul airport by tweeting #dealwithit
- Malcolm Nance, who has nearly a million followers on Twitter, had posted online about the suicide bombing outside the Kabul airport
- He previously served in the United States Navy and achieved the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer
- 20 YEARS – FYI, there have been terrorist suicide bombers in Afghanistan almost DAILY, killing civilians. This is not new. That’s why we’re leaving,” Nance tweeted
- In the post, Nance included the hashtag ‘#DealWithIt’ – sparking the controversy over his comments
- He has since deleted the post and explained why in a new Twitter thread
An intelligence analyst at MSNBC was condemned by critics on Thursday after he tweeted “#dealwithit” in response to an Afghan suicide bombing that killed 13 Marines.
Malcolm Nance, who has nearly a million followers on Twitter, had posted online about the suicide bombing outside the Kabul airport. He previously served in the United States Navy, achieving the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer.
20 YEARS – FYI, there have been terrorist suicide bombers in Afghanistan almost DAILY, killing civilians. This is not new. That’s why we’re leaving,” Nance tweeted.
In the post, Nance included the hashtag “#DealWithIt” – sparking controversy over his comments. He has since deleted the post, admitting that his first choice of words was “insensitive.”
Malcolm Nance, who has nearly a million followers on Twitter, had posted online about the suicide bombing outside the Kabul airport
He previously served in the United States Navy and achieved the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer
In the post, Nance included the hashtag ‘#DealWithIt’ – sparking the controversy over his comments
He has since deleted the post and explained why he deleted it in a new Twitter thread
Today we lost 12 brave Americans and many Afghans. I deeply regret how insensitive it sounds now. I would never deliberately disrespect my brothers and sisters. I also sincerely apologize to their families and pray for them,” he tweeted.
He continued, “As a proud veteran whose family served in the United States military for 150 years, I have spent nearly my entire adult life defending our country and its freedoms and guarding it with my own life. Yes, I posted before serious casualties were reported. I should have waited.’
More than 70,000 Afghan civilians, 40,000 Afghan soldiers and 2,743 Americans have died in this conflict. I am deeply saddened by the lives we have already lost and the lives we have lost today,” he added.
“Finally, my first Intel job was in Beirut, 1983. We lost 322 marines/seamen and civilians in just 2 suicide bombings. I was at the Pentagon 9/11 surviving suicide bombers in Iraq. It is my job to keep you informed of accurate reviews. I will continue to do that…with greater empathy.”
Social media images claim to show scenes after the explosion at Kabul . airport
A suicide bomber on Thursday killed US troops in Afghanistan, including at least four Marines
Afghans struggle to reach foreign forces to show their credentials to flee the country outside Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday
But other Twitter users had already attacked Nance for appearing to be telling his followers to “deal with” the loss of American lives.
“Imagine not only thinking this, but being so shameless and hopeless that you tweet it publicly,” Fourth Watch editor-in-chief Steve Krakauer tweeted.
Chuck Ross, a reporter at the conservative Washington Free Beacon publication, tore Nance as “MSNBC’s best.”
“Always really disturbing to be reminded that these guys were working at the highest levels of the US government,” added Ross’ colleague Joe Simonson.
“I can’t think of anything funny to say here, but if your tweet about a suicide bombing contains ‘hashtag dealwithit’, it might not be a good tweet,” wrote Jack Crosbie.
People reacted to Nance’s #dealwithit comments on Twitter
As noted by Fox newsOften the subject of controversy, Nance once claimed that former President Donald Trump had been compromised by Russia as far back as 1977 and that ISIS should carry out a suicide bombing attack on Trump Tower in Istanbul.
Conservative website The Federalist noted that Nance had also deleted the tweet about Istanbul, but made no apologies.