NYT Reporter Calls Trump and His Supporters National Security Threats and ‘Enemies of the State’

A Justice Department reporter for the New York Times on Tuesday called the 74 million Americans who voted for former president Donald Trump “national security threats” who are “enemies of the state.”

In a series of tweets, DOJ reporter Katie Benner said the Biden Regime’s contention that former president Donald Trump and his supporters pose a national security threat creates an “essential natsec dilemma” because Americans generally don’t believe that the state should be using its awesome powers against political enemies.

“Today’s #January6thSelectCommittee underscores the America’s current, essential natsec dilemma: Work to combat legitimate national security threats now entails calling a politician’s supporters enemies of the state,” Benner tweeted.

She continued: “As Americans, we believe that state power should not be used to work against a political figure or a political party. But what happens if a politician seems to threaten the state? If the politician continues to do so out of office and his entire party supports that threat?”


Benner went on to claim that this “dilemma” has been vexing the U.S. Intelligence Community since the Russia hoax.

“This dilemma was unresolved by the Russia probe and 2 impeachments. With many Republicans denying the reality of the Jan. 6 attack, I doubt the #January6thCommittee will resolve it either. That leaves it up to voters, making even more essential free, fair access to the polls,” Benner tweeted.


The ominous tweets came as the Democrats’ partisan January 6 “inquiry”—which is designed to frame Trump supporters as domestic terrorists—was underway.

Benner’s remarks spurred shock and outrage from Twitter users on both the left and right.

“Absolutely amazing: the New York Times’ Justice Department reporter says the US faces an “essential natsec dilemma”: namely, that Trump supporters are “enemies of the state” and all of the GOP is a threat to the State. This is a reporter — not an op-ed writer — saying this,” tweeted left-wing journalist Greg Greenwald.

Jack Posobiec, senior editor for Human Events, said Benner is “one step from calling for Trump supporters to be rounded up.”

Representative Jim Banks described Benner’s tweet as the “best summary of the Biden admin’s domestic national security strategy I’ve ever read.”

The Federalist’s Sean Davis noted that it was not surprising to see the Regime’s opposition labelled an enemy of the state in “one of the FBI’s favorite leak receptacles.”

“The lawless U.S. intelligence apparatus is admitting it is weaponizing all of its post-9/11 tools against you,” he tweeted.

Several other conservative pundits registered their disapproval on Twitter.


Tuesday evening Benner—without offering an apology for calling 74 million Americans “enemies of the state—deleted her tweets, claiming they were “unclearly worded.”

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About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.

Photo: FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - JULY 03: Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Sarasota Fairgrounds on July 3, 2021 in Sarasota, Florida, United States. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)