There’s still a lot we don’t know about Tuesday’s terrorist attack in New York City, which claimed the lives of at least eight innocent people. It’s always dangerous to make assumptions about these kinds of attacks before the facts come in. But for now I will say this: in the most cynical sense, this attack was an incredibly lucky break for Donald Trump – in fact, way too lucky for my tastes.
Here’s what we do know thus far, based on reporting from major news outlets: a man with a Muslim name rented a Home Depot van and drove it into a bicycle lane in lower Manhattan, striking a number of people. He was armed with a paintball gun and a pellet gun. He reportedly left a note in his vehicle claiming that he was doing this for the benefit of ISIS
Objectively speaking, this is one of the most bizarrely nonsensical and amateur-hour terrorist plots in known history. That’s before getting to the fact that it just happened to occur the day after multiple campaign advisers to the President of the United States were arrested in a Russia scandal that’s likely to lead back to the President himself. Then there’s the fact that the terrorist came from Uzbekistan, formerly part of the Soviet Union. This is all a little too strange.
I’m no fan of conspiracy theories that go against the preponderance of facts and evidence. I have no idea who or what was behind this attack. But I do know that Donald Trump has spent his entire time in politics talking obsessively about “Radical Islamic terrorism.” The day after the arrests began in his Russia scandal, the very best thing that could possibly happen for him was a terrorist attack carried out by a Muslim – just down the street from the new World Trade Center, no less. And that terrorist is from a former Soviet nation which still maintains close ties to the Kremlin. Investigators must at least consider the possibility that Russian President Vladimir Putin was involved in this terrorist attack, as an attempted distraction from the arrests in the Trump-Russia scandal.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report