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who is dr Jason Johnson? Controversial MSNBC expert compares the GOP to a terrorist cell

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The 45-year-old political scientist described former President Donald J. Trump as “the bad guy” when he railed against the modern GOP

An MSNBC contributor and controversial political scientist has argued that the Republican Party is a “front for a terrorist movement.”

dr Jason Johnson, 45, made the brazen comparison during an appearance on “Deadline: White House” on Thursday, Jan. 13, while discussing the relationship between former President Donald J. Trump and the Grand Old Party as the presidential election approaches 2024 was approaching. The political pundit, associate professor of communications and journalism at HBCU Morgan State University, described Trump as “the bad guy” when he railed against the modern GOP.

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“If Trump is up for election in 2024, that’s going to be the easiest thing in the world for Democrats because you can always go up against the bad guy,” Johnson said. “But I think the bigger, more dangerous thing, and I’ve been saying for a while, I’m working hard to never say ‘Republican Party’ again because it’s not a party. The GOP is not a ruling party and no news outlet should stop using that term anymore,” he added.

Johnson, an author and paid contributor to MSNBC, was temporarily banned from the network in February 2020 after comparing female black women who supported Senator Bernie Sanders to “the island of misfit black girls.” The comment also led to his being ousted as politics editor at The Root.

The expert tweeted Thursday on MSNBC in support of his argument. “They have abandoned any pretense of being part of the democratic process and exist only as a vehicle to restore Trump to power through violence or misconduct,” he wrote. “You are Sinn Féin for the IRA. They are the PLO for Hamas. You are a dime shop window for a terrorist movement.”

The outfits Johnson is referring to are a number of terrorist groups from around the world. The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was recognized as a terrorist group as early as 1987 after claiming responsibility for several terrorist attacks against Israel, the most notorious of which was the killing of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Meanwhile, Hamas is identified as a radical militant group responsible for several skirmishes in Gaza and has been listed as a terrorist group by the US for years. Finally, the Irish Republican Army, or IRA, was a right-wing paramilitary terrorist group that vowed to end British rule in Northern Ireland.

Johnson cited a recent letter from the Republican National Committee to the Commission on Presidential Debates that required GOP candidates in 2024 to pledge not to participate in debates. “You just announced today in the New York Times that you are asking your 2024 nominees not to participate in presidential debates. You are no longer a party. And so nothing surprises me anymore,” he added. Johnson also claimed that the GOP attempted to cheat in the 2022 midterm elections and therefore justified a federal takeover of the state elections.

The controversial liberal commentator has notably made several other inflammatory comments about the 2020 presidential election during his tenure at MSNBC. In January 2019, he sparked backlash after declaring that Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign was over and that he would be out by August. He then claimed that the millionaire hopeful was not an oligarch, prompting The Root’s Saagar Enjeti to label Johnson a “professionally wrong person”. However, Johnson was eventually invited back to MSNBC in July 2020 and has been a fixture ever since.

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