Brian Williams Frets Berlin Attack Will ‘Tilt’ Election Against Merkel

In the wake of the ISIS terrorist attack in Berlin, Germany on Monday, many of the county’s right wing politicians have laid the blame at the feet of Chancellor Angela Merkel because of her lax immigration policies. It was something MSNBC whined about that same day. On The 11th Hour Tuesday night, disgraced news anchor Brian Williams fretted for what is meant for Germany and all of Europe. “This could turn out to be the tractor-trailer that affects all of Europe and you know how,” he exclaimed to NBC News Terrorism Analyst Evan Kohlmann.

Merkel has let in shy of a million refugees,” Williams noted, “If this is proven to be one of them or someone radicalized by one of them it could tilt the German election, the German election could have a cascade effect.

Kohlmann feared that the damage by the right wingers had already been done, “I think the fact is, the effect has been achieved. I mean, if you look at the reaction of extremist politics within Germany, the reaction is already there.” He argued that their reaction was exactly what ISIS wanted, “They've achieved what they want.

He claimed that, for years, the west has not given them a victory in terms of turning on Muslims. But asserted that the reality of Williams’ concern would turn that around, and hand ISIS and Al Qaeda a big win:

It never happened, they never achieved that. It would be very sad after all these years of preventing that and of stealing that victory from Al Qaeda and ISIS, because that's when they see this as, a victory. We should not hand that to them now. It’s very sad to see that.

Other expert analysis from Kohlmann includes blaming Belgium society for the airport bombing back on March 22. In December of 2015 he implied Donald Trump was an American Hitler. And he also smeared a French right wing party, declaring they were “as much of the problem as jihadists are.”

What Williams seems to overlook is that fact that; if Merkel was voted out of office in a popular election, it would be the will of the German people. The negative for the left is that it would be yet another would power turning against their agenda. 

Transcript below: 

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MSNBC
The 11th Hour
December 20, 2016
11:08:57 PM Eastern

BRIAN WILLIAMS: Since you opened the door on politics, this could turn out to be the tractor-trailer that affects all of Europe and you know how. Merkel has let in shy of a million refugees. If this is proven to be one of them or someone radicalized by one of them it could tilt the German election, the German election could have a cascade effect.

EVAN KOHLMANN: I think the fact is, the effect has been achieved. I mean, if you look at the reaction of extremist politics within Germany, the reaction is already there. They've achieved what they want. People have to understand, these acts are not done at random. The Islamic State wants these kinds of acts to occur. They want the U.S. and its European allies to alienate Muslims within our midst. They want that. We should ask ourselves, why they want that and do we want to fall into that trap?

I mean, Al Qaeda and ISIS for years, for years were hoping that we would turn on Muslims within the United States and within Western Europe. It never happened, they never achieved that. It would be very sad after all these years of preventing that and of stealing that victory from Al Qaeda and ISIS, because that's when they see this as, a victory. We should not hand that to them now. It’s very sad to see that.

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