During a Monday morning television appearance on CNN, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that the United States is engaged in a fierce “narrative fight” with ISIS.
“When it comes to ISIL, we are in a fight — a narrative fight — with them, a narrative battle,” Earnest told CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
He did not explain how a narrative battle with Islamic terrorists is distinct from a rap battle or whether it was more or less dangerous than getting served in a dance contest.
Earnest’s comments come after a weekend of narrative violence across the U.S. A pipe narrative exploded in a garbage can near a Marine Corps race in New Jersey. In New York City, a separate narrative blast injured 29 people on Saturday. Law enforcement authorities believe the same wicked wordsmith was responsible for both narrative explosions. On Saturday evening, another vicious narrative stabbed nine people at a mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota. That word terrorist was finally stopped by an NRA-certified concealed carry instructor’s sick burns and also multiple rounds from the instructor’s personal sentence pistol.
The weekend’s narrative violence is unfortunately nothing new for Americans. Last June, a lone narrator shot up a night club in Orlando, killing 49 people and wounding 53 others. In December of 2015, two radical Islamic poets killed 14 people and seriously injured 22 others in a war of narratives at a special needs health center in San Bernardino, California.
Obama’s spokesman, however, claimed the U.S. is making progress in its war on words with ISIS.
“[W]hat ISIL wants to do is they want to project that they are an organization that is representing Islam in a fight, in a war against the West, in a war against the United States.”
“That is a bankrupt, false narrative. It’s a mythology. And we have made progress in debunking that mythology,” Earnest said.