USA Today believes President Trump advisor Steve Bannon is on the same level as ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
In Monday's editorial, USA Today likened Bannon to al-Baghdadi because both perceive a "clash of civilizations between Islam and the West," even though that has undeniably been the case since Islam conquered its way across the Middle East, North Africa, and into Eastern and Western Europe since its inception.
Case in point: the famed Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey once served home to Christians as a glorious cathedral before being converted into a mosque in the 1400's. Nevertheless, USA Today believes that because Jews and Christians don't wish to have history repeat itself in places like Jerusalem or Paris, they are exactly the same as men rounding up Christians in the Middle East and crucifying them on makeshift crosses. Where's President Trump to slap these people?
Each man spins a narrative for his followers of sprawling conflict between believers of Prophet Mohammed and followers of Jesus Christ. 'There is a major war brewing, a war that’s already global,' Bannon warned an audience at the Vatican in 2014. A year later, Baghdadi said: 'Oh Muslims … this war is only against you and against your religion.' Each man proselytizes for this vision of war. A decade ago, according to The Washington Post, Bannon outlined a movie proposal based on the fear that radical Muslims will overrun the U.S., turning it into the 'Islamic States of America.'
According to USA Today, the two men are also similar because Bannon is a "populist" that "seeks to upend the establishment and thrives on chaos."
To the publication's credit, USA Today allowed an opposing view, written by Paul Miller of the Haym Salomon Center to coincide with the article. Good on them for allowing that, at least. Miller wrote the following:
Since 9/11, two administrations told the public, 'Islam is peace.' President Obama refused to even acknowledge that Islam, which means “submission” or “surrender,” has anything to do with the wave of Muslim-perpetrated terrorism in Europe and creeping its way into the United States.
The Trump administration and Bannon do not mince words. And the fact that terrorism is uppermost on so many Americans’ minds indicates a compelling vote of confidence for Bannon and President Trump, although one would be hard-pressed to read that in the news media.
In 2016, USA Today argued Trump was "unfit for the presidency," breaking its longheld tradition of not endorsing candidates.