The Capitol is under attack by crazed Trump supporters and your first thought as a U.S. Senator is that it must be the work of the Iranians.
You had a chance to rid yourselves of this embarrassment once and for all, Maine, but you blew it.
Source: Business Insider
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, in a new op-ed said she initially thought "the Iranians" were attacking when a mostly white, pro-Trump mob descended upon the Capitol on January 6.
"My first thought was that the Iranians had followed through on their threat to strike the Capitol, but a police officer took over the podium and explained that violent demonstrators had breached the entire perimeter of the Capitol and were inside," Collins wrote in the Bangor Daily News.
The mob that stormed the Capitol wore "Make America Great Again" hats or carried Trump flags to exhibit their support for the president. The insurrection was also filled with members or sympathizers of extremist groups, who had made their plans for unrest at the Capitol quite clear online in the weeks and days leading up to the riot.
Along these lines, Collins was mocked and derided online for initially believing the riot could've been the work of Iran.
Twitter registered its' immediate disgust that a U.S. Senator could be that out of it.
Susan Collins low key has no idea what’s happening in her immediate surroundings. https://t.co/1GE5k7owGF
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) January 11, 2021
Wow. As an Iranian-American I humbly ask Susan Collins to take a hard look in the mirror before she makes another ignorant and racist comment.
— Rep. Anna V. Eskamani 🔨 (@AnnaForFlorida) January 11, 2021
You're getting attacked by a crowd of violent, red-hatted white-skinned extremists and you're first thought is to assume... 'IT'S THE IRANIANS!'
DC is a broken place. Truly.
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) January 11, 2021
White Supremacy, Islamophobia, and racism are so rooted in the American mindset and culture that when hundreds of overwhelmingly white violent insurrectionists overrun the US Capitol & kill 5 people, Susan Collins immediately thinks, "Oh, it's the Iranians!"
What a wild country.
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) January 11, 2021